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EMCC is Celebrating and Educating About Black History Month

Black History Month Celebrations on Campus


In February, students and faculty of Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) showed their appreciation for American history by celebrating Black History Month.

All month long the college was hosting events to celebrate and educate the community on the achievements and contributions African Americans have made to American culture. Events featured cultural exploration, commemoration of prominent leaders, and various educational workshops and lectures.

One Billion Rising Against Domestic Violence

Students and Faculty Dancing

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) faculty and students drew awareness against domestic violence by taking part in the One Billion Rising campaign.

The Valentine’s Day celebration is known as the biggest global action to end violence against women and girls in the history of humankind, according to the One Billion Rising website. This year marked the 15th celebration of its kind.  It was organized by EMCC biology faculty Sandy Zetlan and Marsha Segerberg, and sociology faculty Olga Tsoudis.

MLK Celebration Helps EMCC Students Remember

MLK Luncheon

Many students instantly attribute the phrase, “I have a dream,” to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but while they know King’s infamous hope, they might not be as aware of the history of segregation in America, and the depth of King’s activism against segregation.  To celebrate King’s life and achievements, the Student Life and Leadership Department held the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon during Black History Month.

Student Conference Allows Students to Shine

Students' Poster Displays

At the end of the spring semester, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) hosted the 2013 Student Conference, which featured 60 students from five different Maricopa community colleges.

According to Heather Ortiz, the event coordinator, the total number of student participants increased significantly from last year.  “The student conference gives the students a chance to learn how to do effective research using multiple methods,” said Ortiz.

Sonia Shah: The Body Hunters

Sonia Shah

Sonia Shah, a critically acclaimed, prize-winning investigative journalist and author presented her expose on the pharmaceutical drug industry as part of the Honors Forum series, “The Culture of Competition,” this spring.

The audience listened attentively as Shah, wrought with conviction explained how the multinational corporate pharmaceutical industry exports drug experimentation to developing countries and the consequences thereof. 


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