Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action! 

VIDA logoVIDA's mission is to empower students to become agents of change in their communities and beyond; to foster education that meets the needs of the communities we serve; and to help develop pathways to meaningful participation in local, state, and federal government decision making processes.

Community Service Learning

If you are looking for a community partner for your service learning class, visit our Service Learning webpage.

Donate to VIDA

students at state capitolVIDA could not exist without generous supporters who believe in the power of civic engagement. After the death of Senator Vasconcellos,  VIDA received an extraordinary pledge to perpetuate the vision of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement. Community members Jim and Becky Morgan pledged a challenge grant of $198,000 over three years in honor of Senator Vasconcellos' long history of civic work. Your gift will help the program match their generous donation.

Important information to direct your gift to VIDA: 

  • Click the "Donate Now" button below.
  • Fill out the form with your information.
  • Under Program, choose "Other."
  • Type "VIDA" in the box and the amount you would like to donate.

Donate Now

For more information, contact Tess Chandler, Executive Director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, at 650.949.6149 or

VIDA Celebration

Watch a short video of the VIDA renaming event here, or visit YouTube to watch in full screen.



Building: East Cottage

Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739

Program Coordinator:
Angélica Esquivel
Phone: 408.864.8993

Student Staff:

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Summer Hours:

M-Th 8:30-5:30pm @ MLC 250


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