Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action


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VIDA'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

Students at Sacramento Capitol



If you are looking for a community partner for your service learning class,

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Donate to VIDA

VIDA could not exist without generous supporters who believe in the power of civic engagement. Following Senator Vasconcellos' passing, 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.

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

Watch a short video of the VIDA renaming event




Building: East Cottage

Director: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739

Program Coordinator: Angelica Esquivel
Phone: 408.864.8993

Student Staff:


Last Updated: 4/9/18