Dean's Office

Edmundo Norte

Division Dean

(408) 864-8443

Mary Medrano

Division Administrative Assistant

(408) 864-8769

Welcome to our Division!

The Intercultural Studies Department offers an inderdisciplinary major leading to certificates, an A.A. degree, or transfer in Intercultural (Ethnic) Studies.  This major represents the joint commitment of the African America, Asian American and Asian, Chicanx/Latinix.  Native American, and core Intercultural Studies aeras, and provides a diverse curriculum whose educational objectives include the following:

  • Develop a methodology emphasizing comparative analyses of the history, politics, social dynamics, and current  challenges and opportunities of historically marginalized communities of color;
  • Develop the skills and capabilities to critically analyze information prevalent in the dominant  culture from the perspective of historically marginalized communities of color;
  • Examine ethnicity theory, race relations theory, feminist theory, cross-cultural communications theory, peace/conflic/ reconciliation theory, healing and social transformation theory and practices, and explore the intersectional and multidimensional issues of racism, institutions, power as they relate to advocating for equity and social justice.

The major also examines the need for and role of multiracial alliances, economic class analysis, and provides expertise in areas that will allow students to develop the critical analysis, interpersonal capacities, and leadership and organizing skills to be responsive to the needs of historically marginalized communitites of color in the short term, and to contribute to long-term systemic transformation for equity and social justice.

Spring  Hours


  • 8:00 am-12:30pm
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm (Closed)
  • 1:30pm-4:45pm
  • Friday 8:00am-11:30am
  • 11:30-12:30pm (Closed)
  • 12:30-4:00pm




We are located at the Multicultural Center (MCC).

The Multicultural Center (map) at De Anza College is a gathering place for intellectual and cultural enrichment, programs, services, and facilities for students, faculty, staff, and our community. The goal of the Center is to provide an environment that recognizes cultural differences, respects cultural uniqueness, and facilitates cross-cultural interaction, learning and appreciation.

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