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One Billion Rising at EMCC

One Billion Rising

On February 2014, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) participated in the global “One Billion Rising” dance campaign to raise awareness and to end violence against women and young girls. 

The “One Billion Rising” campaign created a choreographed dance to “break the chain.” The purpose of the dance is for women to figuratively “break off the chain” their abuser has on them.

Worldwide, violence against women happens often. One of the event coordinators, Dr. Sandy Zetlan stated, “One out of three women in the world are beaten or raped one time in their life.”

A Home That Gives Animals Hope

No-Kill Shelters

What happens when one drops an animal off at a pound? Picture this: a tearful child waving goodbye to his pet at the pound, distraught that he could not take care of it. As the animal walks down the corridor to meet its fate, whimpering cries bounce off the wall and a smell of dirt mixed with toxic moisture lingers in the air. It is at this moment, walking through this dank hall, that the animal knows. The animal panics, ears become flat, and its posture slackens.

EMCC Students Walk to Fight AIDS

SOC 130 class at the AIDS Walk in Phoenix.

“Thank you all for joining us on our momentous occasion! We are so happy that so many people made it today! And now, on your mark, get set, go!”

That’s how the AIDS walk started; several thousand people walking in unison for a common cause. Some people were alone, listening to music and jogging to the beat. Others walked with families, most likely planning to visit the surrounding restaurants and hot spots later. Some people also walked in groups, surrounded by their peers from social circles or the workplace. 

There were even a select few people who dressed up in drag.

ISLO: A Pathway to Success


As college students we all want to meet new people, get involved with the school, and have fun. The best way to do all three of these things at the same time would be to join a school club.

Now when it comes to joining a school club you have to make sure you pick the perfect one for you.The sensible idea would be to choose a club related towards one’s passions and field of study, such as a theater major joining a drama club.

A Bright Future for PRIDE Club Members and the LGBTQ Community

Pride Club Advisor Sandy Zetlan

“I was bullied pretty bad in high school…I got a concussion from being slammed into a wall.”

This is just one incident of unfortunate occurrences that plague adolescents who reveal themselves to be members of the LGBTQ community.  Happenings such as this one are frequent to those who choose to “come out”, as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Schools such as Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) have clubs to give common ground and support for those who identify as LGBTQ, such as the PRIDE Club. The term PRIDE is commonly used for many LGBTQ organizations.

EMCC Veteran’s Club Builds Bridge To Local Community: Launches Support for Homeless Veterans


You may be sitting at home while reading this article, but to the over 1,600 homeless veterans in Arizona, there is not a home to go back to.

20 percent of homeless individuals in Arizona are veterans, according to, an issue that the Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) Veteran’s Club takes to heart.

The Veteran’s Club was signed into action at the beginning of October but has already started an initiative that will greatly help veterans in the community.

Earth Week: Make Your Voice Heard

Earth Week: Make Your Voice Heard

Earth Week attracted students who wanted to get into the “green” spirit with activities and movies.  

People may think that all they need to do to contribute to Earth Week is to recycle their plastic soda bottle or pick up a piece of trash on the side walk.  Certainly recycling and collecting trash is helpful, but there is a larger goal behind living green.

Blomstrand Inspires Students Through Active Learning

EMCC Faculty Erin Blomstrand

Erin Blomstrand’s class offerings at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) include Banned Books and Censorship (ENH 295) and Shakespeare on Film (ENH 256), unique classes for a teacher who has had a unique background herself. 

Blomstrand has taught at EMCC since 2004. In addition to being a teacher, she is a feminist, activist and daughter. She draws on her experiences to help students learn more than what’s inside a college textbook.

Professor Tsoudis Shares Activism and Travel with Students

EMCC Faculty Olga Tsoudis Volunteering in Africa

This summer, Dr. Olga Tsoudis, residential faculty for Sociology at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), traveled to Tanzania to volunteer at an orphanage with the Make a Difference (MAD) NOW organization, a nonprofit using a family and sustainability model to work with a select group of orphaned and vulnerable children by paying their school fees through college in a matching funds partnership with the schools the children attend.

The Green Team

Burrowing Owls Living on Campus

On a campus where students are constantly rushing from class to class, the efforts of people who keep the school environmentally friendly can get lost.

Estrella Mountain Community College’s (EMCC) Sustainability Team, co-chaired by Eric Huntsinger and Nadine Johnson, is responsible for finding ways to make the campus “greener.”


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