The attendees sat tightly assembled, listening intently as the current issues in education in regards to culture and competition were addressed at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium in February. Everyone present was focused on the speaker, Arnold Kling, as he stood ready to tackle the topic of education having turned into a business.
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Educating the Community
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Dictionary.com, “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.
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.
"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.