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Office of Equity, Social Justice and
Multicultural Education

Institutional Core Competencies that Guide Our Work

The following are the De Anza College mission and Institutional Core Competencies (ICCs), which the Equity Office upholds as central to our mission and charge. We support these competencies by ensuring that our activities, programs, and services align to support the development of these skills and abilities for the constituents we serve. What’s more, we believe the development or refinement of these core competencies extends to all faculty and staff. 

De Anza College Mission

De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.

De Anza College fulfills its mission by engaging students in creative work that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and attitudes contained in the college’s Institutional Core Competencies:

Communication and Expression

Students will communicate clearly, express themselves creatively, interpret thoughtfully and logically, and engage actively in dialogue and discussion, while paying attention to audience, situation, and (inter) cultural context. Communication and expression may be written or oral, verbal or nonverbal, informational or artistic.

Information Literacy 

Students will recognize when information is needed and locate, critically evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information in various formats. They will use appropriate resources and technologies while understanding the social, legal, and ethical issues for information and its use.

Physical/Mental Wellness and Personal Responsibility

Students will recognize lifestyles that promote physical and mental well-being, engage in self-reflection and ethical decision-making, explore career choices and life goals, practice effective individual and collaborative work habits, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning.

Global, Cultural, Social & Environmental Awareness

Students will recognize their role as local, national, and global citizens.  They will participate in a democratic process, respect social and cultural diversity, appreciate the complexity of the physical world, and understand the significance of both environmental sustainability and social justice.

Critical Thinking

Students will analyze arguments, create and test models, solve problems, evaluate ideas, estimate and predict outcomes based on underlying principles relative to a particular discipline, interpret literary, artistic, and scientific works, utilize symbols and symbolic systems, apply qualitative and quantitative analysis, verify the reasonableness of conclusions, explore alternatives, empathize with differing perspectives, and adapt ideas and methods to new situations.

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the opressed.

                         – Steven Biko, anti-apartheid activist, 1946-1977

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Adriana Garcia

Office Hours:
Monday through Thursday
9am - 6pm


Building: MLC 250

MLC Floor Layout


Last Updated: 3/16/12