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Alumni Corner


Name: Anthony Abulencia Santa Ana

Tony Santa Ana

Current Title: Program Coordinator, Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education


What have you been up too since your time at De Anza?

After completing my A.A. at De Anza, I graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State University and a M.A. at the University of San Francisco. Currently, I'm a doctoral student at the University of San Francisco in the International/Multicultural Education department with a concentration in Human Rights. After completing my M.A., I decided to travel the world and live abroad.  I ended up backpacking around the world for 3 years and working in Tokyo, Japan as an educator for 6 years. After I moved back to San Jose, I wanted to pay it forward so I started teaching at De Anza in the Intercultural Studies department. 

How did De Anza impact where you are in your career today?

De Anza heavily impacted my career choice due to the tremendous support of the SLAMS program with Patricia Rios-Gibson and all the influential instructors in the Intercultural Studies department at that time. Those caring instructors provided me an Ethnic studies lens and supported me in my endeavors as a student activist.  It was at that time that my activism flourished and De Anza nourished that spirit in me. 

What advice would you give to other alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?

The advice I would give alumni and/or current students is to follow your dreams! Remember that De Anza is a place that supports and nourishes social justice and student activism. Seek out those at De Anza and learn from instructors, staff and other students to support you in your journey of creating change in the world. De Anza is a special place that focuses on equity and social justice. This is the place that my activist spirit burned brightly.