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Educating the Community


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.

A Beautiful Campus

EMCC campus

Have you ever thought about how beautiful, positive, and sanitary Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is?

If you have, then have you ever wondered who and how much work it takes to maintain a college so clean? But if you have not put much thought to this notion then please, let us take a moment to shine some light on the people who make it all happen.

The custodians, grounds team, and maintenance team are responsible for why EMCC is such a clean environment. There is a lot of work that they do at EMCC that affects how students learn.

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.

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.


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