The MOMENTUM series is a talk continuum and the Dean’s platform to engage the division in profound practice of mindfulness and actionable conversation – to bridge the equity gap, protect inclusivity, amplify social justice reform and intentionally address structural racism in our classrooms, college and the community.

MOMENTUM: A LECTURE SERIESThe purpose is to strengthen each other’s optimism, emotional control, empathy, perspective talk, prosocial goals and mindful attention.

It is a space to discuss and mobilize how we can better help our college’s work on policing equity and ending racism once and for all.

Upcoming Events 

Everything I learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

Curtis ChinTuesday, May 23

  • Noon-12:30 p.m. – lunch
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – program
  • Location: Multicultural Center

Guest Speaker: Curtis Chin, Author, Producer, Director and Activist

Moderators: Debbie Lee, Dean, Intercultural and International Studies, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities


Co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Division and the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

Your Phone: Friend or Foe?

Discern the Reality and Fortify Against Cyber Threats

Sandra EstokFriday, June 2: 9:30-11 a.m.

Guest Speaker: Sandra Estok, Founder, Way2Protect

Moderators: Javette Johnson, Former Momentum Speaker, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

Please register in advance

Ever wondered if your phone has been hacked? Want to know how to fortify it against lurking cybermonsters? Get ready to unravel the mysteries of mobile cybersecurity in our electrifying 90-minute Momentum Series discussion with Sandra Estok. She is popular speaker, corporate trainer and the international bestselling author of the award-winning book series "Happily Ever Cyber! "and the Cyber Literacy series for children. Sandra has held numerous positions in Fortune 500 companies, and private and public organizations. Sandra's mission is to empower you to take charge of your cyber safety. To simplify cybersecurity, integrate mindful practices, and leverage personal stories that relate and connect us. 

Co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Division and the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

Courage, Heart and Legacy

Christina Espinosa-PiebNEW DATE: Monday, June 5

  • Lunch: Noon-1 p.m. 
  • Program: 1-2:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Fireside Room, Campus Center

Guest Speaker: Christina Espinosa-Pieb, Vice President, Instruction

Moderators: Jayanti Roy, Instructor, Child Development and Education, and Elvin T. Ramos, Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities

Please register in advance

Vice President Christina Espinosa-Pieb is planning to retire after serving De Anza College for over 40 years as a fierce administrator. In this session, she will reflect on her years at the college, the gifts and challenges of being a woman of color in leadership, the individuals who shaped her leadership and wisdom, and the legacy she leaves at the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Join us as we recognize and celebrate her work and learn about the next exciting life chapter she is about to embark on. 

Co-sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Division and the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

Queer and Now: Be Unapologetically You!

Honey MahoganyTuesday, June 6

  • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Conference Rooms A&B, Campus Center

Guest Speaker: Honey Mahogany – performer, activist, small business owner

Please Register in advance

Honey Mahogany is a performer, small business owner, and activist who grew up in San Francisco. Honey earned a master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work as an advocate, culture creator and change-maker has earned her recognition from the city of San Francisco and the state of California, sainthood from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and awards from numerous organizations including the Imperial Court of San Francisco, Harvey Milk Democratic Club, Trans Day of Visibility and the Women's Foundation of California. Honey is a co-founder and served as the inaugural executive director of San Francisco's Transgender District. She is a founding queen of Drag Story Hour, a co-owner of the Stud Bar, a singer with nu-metal group Commando, and recently ran a historic campaign for District 6 supervisor in San Francisco. Currently, Honey is working as the district director for Assemblymember Matt Haney and serves as chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party.

Event sponsors include the Social Sciences and Humanities Division, Equity and Engagement Division, Foothill-De Anza Foundation and the Pride Center at De Anza College.

Previous Events in the Series

  • SPRING 2023

  • WINTER 2023

  • FALL 2022

  • WINTER 2022

  • FALL 2021

  • SUMMER 2021

  • SPRING 2021

  • WINTER 2021

  • FALL 2020

  • SUMMER 2020

  • SPRING 2020

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