HLC Self Study
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Estrella Mountain Community College

Integrated into the mission and strategic planning documents, diversity reflects the Institution’s role within and contribution to a multi-cultural society. As an important core value for the College, diversity at Estrella Mountain is comprised of the following attributes:

  • Considering the contributions and worldviews of others
  • Promoting an inclusive campus culture that supports social awareness
  • Committing to comprehensive inter-cultural learning and awareness
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Recognizing and Celebrating Diversity

Estrella Mountain Community College values the individual and group differences of its learners and is committed to serving a diverse West Valley community. As outlined in great detail in the following Chapters/Criterion, the Institution recognizes and celebrates diversity through a variety of programs and campus activities.

Estrella Mountain Community College recognizes the diversity of its students through the sponsorship of 24 different student clubs and organizations. Examples include the following:

  • Asian Pacific Islander/International Student Club (A.P.I.A.C.)
  • Black Student Union (B.S.U.)
  • P.R.I.D.E. (gay and straight student alliance)
  • International Student Club
  • Men of Color Association (M.O.C.A.)
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A)
  • Veterans Club

International and Intercultural Education

Estrella Mountain’s International and Intercultural Education (IIE) Program views diversity as a strength that enables students and employees to learn from each other.  The program promotes and enhances educational programs, services and professional development opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the community in support of a diverse and globalized environment.  IIE provides limited financial support through travel scholarships to students participating in study abroad programs.  Consistent with the philosophy of a Learning College, all funded activities demonstrate increased learning. Activities funded are diverse in nature and have included:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Visual art exhibitions
  • Speakers on Usando Nuestra Voz: Using Our Voice
  • Ani Vitandham, a presentation by Ani Vitandham, a Cambodian survivor of Khmer Rouge Genocide
  • International films from the Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • China, Nepal, Bhutan, a presentation on the lives of people in Bhutan, Nepal and China
  • African American films, art and lectures for Black History Month
  • Piano Music from Europe and Brazil, a musical performance of international piano pieces from Europe and Brazil
  • Women’s History Month, Women’s Rights Across the Globe and the Humannequin Display
  • Green Revolution Student Conference, speakers and presentations on different countries’ reactions to climate change and sustainability

Social Issues and Celebrations

Estrella Mountain hosts numerous events each year that strive to address issues of diverse populations through educational and social experiences that create awareness and inclusivity. Examples below demonstrate some of the ways the College values and celebrates a variety of people, experiences and cultures.

  • Love Your Body Week
  • Women’s History Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Day of the Dead community event
  • Black History Month community event