A Shared Experience

"One Book, One College, One Community" is a collegewide reading project, designed to promote a shared experience of intellectual engagement and dialogue across programs at De Anza.

Featured Book for 2021-2022

Alicia Garza"The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart"

Oakland-born Alicia Garzaa longtime organizer and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter Global Network, says she wrote “The Purpose of Power" to serve as "an essential guide to building the type of movements that can address the challenges of our time."

Garza, who spoke during an online De Anza event on Thursday, Oct. 28, describes her book as "the story of one woman’s lessons from years of bringing people together to create change."

She adds: "Hashtags don’t start movements — people do."

Students, faculty members and classified professionals can participate by reading the featured book and joining a collegewide conversation about it. This year's project theme is “Racial Justice and the Crisis in Democracy” – and the featured book is Alicia Garza's “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.” 

On this webpage, you'll find more information about Garza and her book, along with upcoming events at De Anza and resources for further discussion.

"One Book, One College, One Community" is a joint project of the Equity and Engagement Division and the Office of the President at De Anza College.

Student Book Club – Join and Get a Free Copy!

VIDA and DASG: One BookThe One Book Student Book Club will be a fun and open space for students to interact with each other, discuss their thoughts on the book and form connections in our community. We're planning three online meetings this fall – see below for dates and times.

To learn more about the club and get your free copy of "The Purpose of Power," join our Discord channel or send an email to vidaofficestaff@gmail.com. The One Book Student Book Club is co-sponsored by VIDA (Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action)  and DASG (De Anza Student Government).

Events and Activities

June 8: Film Screening – "We Still Here"

students sitting in front of U.S. Capitol

The One Book, One College, One Community initiative joined with First Year Experience and other Learning Communities in hosting an online screening and conversation with the makers of "We Still Here." This film is about the youth of Comerío, Puerto Rico, and their efforts to rebuild their community after Hurricane Maria, including their journey to protest in Washington, D.C.

March 16: Latinas in Politics – Watch the Video Recording

This March 16 event was moderated by instructor Rosanna Alvarez and featured:

  • Sylvia Arenas, San José Councilmember
  • Yvonne Martínez Beltrán, Morgan Hill Councilmember
  • Magdalena Carrasco , San José Councilmember
  • Maya Esparza, San José Councilmember

Feb. 17: Winter Showcase – Watch the Video Recording

The Feb. 17 showcase was a great opportunity to connect with the De Anza community and enjoy creative student presentations on the theme of "Racial Justice and the Crisis of Democracy." If you missed the online event, you can still watch the video recording.

Missed the Showcase? Click to Watch the Video

Resources for Further Exploration 

Resources for Teaching and Discussion

Visit the "One Book, One College" project resource site on Canvas for chapter summaries, sample assignments and other ideas, along with suggested books, movies and music, that can be used for teaching, discussions and activities related to the book. To request teacher privileges for the site, contact Stephanie Anderson at andersonstephanie@deanza.edu

More About "The Purpose of Power"

Purpose of Power cover

"(Garza) has been an organizer for more than twenty years, and her book is largely drawn from her experiences in a multitude of grassroots struggles."

"Garza has continued to work and think about how both liberal and conservative movements start, thrive and evolve."

Visit these websites to read and learn more about "The Purpose of Power" and some of Alicia Garza's organizing work.

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