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Native American Celebration Fosters a Sense of Unity

Native American Celebration

Estrella Mountain Community College’s (EMCC’s) Native American Heritage Kickoff celebration started with the Native Spirit Dancers performing several traditional native dances at the Komatke Courtyard on November 7, 2012.

The two-hour event also included taste-testing of fry bread and “Yaqui Stew,” both traditional and popular native foods.

The dancers performed several dances that represented different aspects of life. Brian Hamill, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, performed the “Hoop Dance,” showing the circle of life.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Machismo and Marianismo

For Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Miguel Arciniega brought a research presentation to Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) that showed how women in Latin America have been raised to believe machismo is normal.

According to, “Machismo is the masculine force to which one degree or another drives all masculine behavior”. Dr. Arciniega took on an extensive research project that began in 2002, in which he interviewed and observed many men and women to determine what machismo means to them.

Censorship Challenged in Big Ways Within a Small Community

Banned Books

For a week in September, our community has the opportunity to challenge censorship and advocate free expression by participating in Banned Books Week.

At Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), the book celebration started in 2006. Nationwide, the event has been celebrated for 30 years. Here on campus, extensive planning goes into the event. English Faculty member Erin Blomstrand is responsible for emailing faculty, helping with posters, advertising, and coordinating volunteers to tackle important tasks.

Negative Media Messages Still Influence Body Perception

Love Your Body Week

During the last week of October, in locations around the country, including the campus of Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), people were fighting against the negative media messages that dictate the way people feel about themselves.

The Love Your Body Campaign had originally been launched by the NOW Foundation as a one-day celebration. More recently, the campaign has been transformed into a weeklong celebration on many campuses.

Patti Solis Doyle: Hispanic Leadership

P Solis Doyle

All of the bodies, filed closely together side-by-side, appeared to be frozen at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium on Sept. 19, 2012. The room was still, and everyone’s complete and undivided attention was focused on Patti Doyle, as she stood confidently at the podium.

The Honors Programs across the Maricopa County Community College District, including that of Estrella Mountain Community College, had organized her talk.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanics represented 40 percent of Estrella Mountain Community College’s enrollment population in 2011, according to the EMCC Fact Book.

To expand cultural understanding, from mid-September to mid-October Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) hosted several events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Originally called Hispanic Heritage Week, the celebration was first enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan into Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988.  


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