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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.

Frank Hernandez: A Living Legend

Political Science Instructor Frank Hernandez

Frank Hernandez was born in Saginaw, Michigan during the 1930s. He experienced racism and discrimination first hand throughout his youth and young adulthood. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He has attended, and taught at prestigious universities.

Outside of teaching, he has also worked for the government in many different capacities over the years. He is a husband, father of three, and grandfather of two. And all of these things inform and enhance his teaching of Political Science at EMCC.

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.  

Patti Solis Doyle: Hispanic Leadership

P Solis Doyle

All of the bodies, filed closely together side-by-side, appeared to be frozen at Phoenix College’s Bulpitt Auditorium on Sept. 19, 2012. The room was still, and everyone’s complete and undivided attention was focused on Patti Doyle, as she stood confidently at the podium.

The Honors Programs across the Maricopa County Community College District, including that of Estrella Mountain Community College, had organized her talk.

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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