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Equity Action Council


The Council helps facilitate campus wide development and support, engagement, implementation of programs, evaluations, policies and procedures that are in line with De Anza College's vision of equity, social justice, and multicultural education.  The Council helps meet the goals and objectives of equity at De Anza and in particular, the Equity Office.


  • Promote a climate of humility, equity, and appreciation for diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects of the college.
  • Supports the work of the Equity Office.
  • Advise on equity and inclusion issues to the college shared governance groups.
  • Assist with the development of a campus climate survey every 3 to 5 years to assess the equity environment and explore opportunities for growth and development. 
  • Advocate for the development and implementation of policies and procedures that facilitate the success of our diverse student body, faculty and staff. Specifically, the committee works to identify existing or emerging equal opportunity and equity issues, advising college leadership in the development of responsive policies, and analyzing and recommending action based on relevant research and practices.
  • Advise and actively promote the development and implementation of policies, procedures and employee development that facilitates the transformation of our workforce and environment into a community that is more inclusive, socially just, knowledgeable about the diverse array of cultures which comprise our community, and skilled in facilitating the growth of the entire campus.



Council Meetings: Wednesday 3 – 5 pm MCC; 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month

Equity Core Team Members and Liaisons from each division are invited to join Council meetings on the 4th  Wednesday of each month.


Equity Core Teams and Liaisons

Equity Core teams are groups of 4 -5 people within each division representing various perspectives and departments. These teams consist of individuals deeply committed to institutional equity and social justice praxis. This group works together on guiding the equity planning process within their division.

The role of diversity equity liaison formalizes a partnership and institutional linkages between the Office of Equity, the Equity Action Council, and De Anza’s 16 divisions. The divisional liaisons serves on both their division equity core team as well as the Equity Action Council. They provide invaluable insight and guidance regarding divisional concerns, challenges, implementation successes, and effectiveness of campus equity and social justice efforts.

For more information,  visit the Resources for Equity Core Teams & Liaisons, Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education.


Equality vs. Equity

Equity ACTION Council
Building:  Kirsch Center
Contact: Anita Muthyala-Kandula
Phone:  408.864.8332

Building:  ADM 105
Contact: Veronica Neal
Phone:  408.864.5338


Last Updated: 7/22/15