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Cultural Celebration

We Need Diversity in Televison and Film

At the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, Gina Rodriguez won the Golden Globe Award for best actress in a television series. It was her first Golden Globe, and also her first nomination. After her win, the internet erupted with both excitement and dialogue because Rodriguez became the second Latina actress to win a Golden Globe award for best actress in a television series in the ceremony’s history. America Ferrera’s win for Ugly Betty in 2007 was the first.


Fine and Performing Arts Week

As part of Fine and Performing Arts Week, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) held “StoriEstrella”, a storytelling concert where past and current students where able to put their new skills to the test in front of their fellow students, family, and friends of all ages.

One student who got to perform a story was Mariesa Rojas. Rojas told a story entitled “Angelita and the Giants,” which is like Snow White but is a Brazilian tale. One fun fact about her tale is that instead of a poisoned apple, there are poisoned slippers that cause the princess to fall into a deep sleep.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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