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Changing Women’s Lives with Slam Poetry

Poet Azteca

Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) invited artistic expression during Women’s History Month. Students could attend short events to watch artists demonstrate what Women’s History is all about.

One event that stood out was the performance of slam poetry. Marc Smith created this form of poetry in a Chicago lounge during the early 1980s. Slam poetry as a deep expression of emotion spoken out loud. The concept of each poem depends on what the artist is trying to convey. Some try to inspire the audience, while others compete against their peers.

The Humannequin Project: Rethinking Gender in a Global World

Humannequin Displays on Campus

Women’s History Month provides a time to remember the strides women have made while acknowledging that women still have a long way to go before reaching equality. The Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) campus celebrated Women’s History Month with a variety of events, including a poetry slam, mask making, the second annual Women’s Conference, a showing of the film series “Stop Calling me Girl”, a performance of “The Vagina Monologues”, and a political art display of “humannequins.”

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. 

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.

The P.R.I.D.E. Club; Promoting Diversity While Having Fun

P.R.I.D.E Club

“Gay”, “straight”, “bisexual”, and “cross-gender” are all words that were once created as a way to categorize individuals. These terms are a way to separate those who are seen to be different, but the truth is that they are simply human beings. 

At Estrella Community College (EMCC), fellow Lions enforce common courtesy by following the old saying “treat people the way you want to be treated” and respecting the individuality among students and staff.

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.

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.

A Fight to End Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

"More than one in three women (35.6 percent) and more than one in four men (28.5 percent) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime," according to a survey published by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011.

To draw attention to this situation, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) hosted several events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Breathing Easy Thanks to BreatheEasy

BreatheEasy Campaign

When given the choice between healthy or unhealthy, the choice should be obvious. Most people know that smoking cigarettes causes many diseases, including cancer, emphysema, and heart disease to name a few. In an effort to promote healthy living, the Maricopa Community Colleges created the BreatheEasy Initiative. BreatheEasy requires all Maricopa Community College campuses to be 100 percent smoke and tobacco free. This initiative came into effect July 1, 2012.

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