Cynthia Kaufman

Cynthia-Kaufman-for-WebsiteCynthia Kaufman, Cupertino-San Jose Coordinator.  Cynthia, director of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement at De Anza College, is the program coordinator for the Community Learning Partnership’s work at De Anza. She teaches in the program, recruits students for it, plans the graduation and meets with community partners to make sure we stay on track. What she loves the most about this work is that she gets to watch students bloom from being people concerned about the problems of the world or their communities into full blown community organizers who have big voices and toolboxes full of skills.  Cynthia also teaches Philosophy at DeAnza. She is the author of two books on social change “Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books 2012) and Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change (South End Press 2003). She is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants’ rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change. She received her PhD and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her B.A. in Development Studies from University of California, Berkeley.

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