Earlier this summer, De Anza Community College celebrated its most graduates from the Certificate of Achievement in Leadership and Social Change. “We had nine completers present, spoken word, student comedy, and great food,” said the program’s director, Cynthia Kaufman. “The students talked about what they got from the program and shared appreciations.
Ben Vo, one of the recent graduates, shared with us his plans for the future. “After two great years at De Anza College where I learned not only about myself but my community at large through a social change lens, I’ve started as a transfer student at the University of California, Berkeley as an Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies major,” he said. “It feels bittersweet to be done, and I’m immensely grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had there, especially at our civic engagement institute, the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action.