EMCC PRIDE Club selected for diversity award

March 13, 2017

The EMCC PRIDE Club received a 2017 Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) Award of Excellence for Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC). The award recognizes PRIDE students including Moriah Giesbrecht, Alexis Haas and Desirae Taylor, along with club advisor Michael Bartley and participating community representatives Juli Myers, Kado Stewart and Isaac Tambini for the fall 2016 event “G.A.Y.: Gender and You.”

Students hosted a two-session event about the spectrum of gender and sexual identities that included an informational presentation, panel and engaging dialog that supported inter-cultural awareness and civic and social responsibility.

The DAC Awards of Excellence recognize the efforts of Maricopa students, employees and programs that integrate diversity, inclusiveness, equity, and justice into our educational mission. Since 1994, the Diversity Advisory Council has provided advocacy and promoted policy changes, training opportunities and practices that support an inclusive and equitable environment for students, faculty and staff.

The 2017 DAC Awards of Excellence will be presented Friday, March 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mesa Community College in the Navajo Room. This event has been held annually since 2007.

Additional winners from the Maricopa Community Colleges and District Office include:

Chandler-Gilbert – HOLOCAUST RAILCAR AND “AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US…” EXHIBIT

  • Chandler Gilbert Community College – Vanessa Sandoval and Alex Cannell Wendt

  • City of Chandler – Leah Powell and Niki Tapia

  • East Valley Jewish Community Center – Hadassah Baldinger and Rabbi Michael Beyo

District Office

  • Delia “Dee Dee” Tapson

Glendale – ARABWORLD FEST

  • Dr. Celeste Walls, Kim Feld, Dr. Jim Reed, Kelly Sindel, Dr. Bel Winemiller, Dr. Guio Borras

  • Dr. Jalal Al Nuaimi, Asmaa Shbeer, Dr. Ibrahim Naim and Dr. Pam Joraanstad

Gateway - LUNAR (ASIAN) NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

  • Bill Tse (in memoriam of), Kyoko Olson, Emi Kawasaki and Ferdinand Hunter (International Education Committee)

Mesa

  • Monica M. Margaillan, Greg Reents and Mary Sennett

Phoenix – CONVERSATION CIRCLES

  • Melodee Touma

Paradise Valley – BLACK HISTORY MONTH ANNUAL LUNCHEON

  • Current Committee Members – Sonya Woodard, Leroy Hunter, Dawn Higgins, Cranston Forte and Dr. Shirley Green

  • Past Committee Members - Art Coleman, Ken Clarke, Umar Shariff, Tony DeShay, Ryan Martin, Brian Quarles, Dr. Sandra Miller-Holst, Iris Hudson, Cheryl Brimson, Britney Corbitt and Mitli Fulwood

Rio Salado – JO C. BENNETT STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND

  • Founder – Dr. Patricia Case

Scottsdale

  • Ana Cuddington

South Mountain

  • Robb Barr, Melodie Moore, Sean P. George and Karen Cowee: four City of Phoenix Public Library librarians who work on campus at SMCC

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Estrella Mountain Community College is one of the 11 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. EMCC offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 14,000 students annually. The flagship campus is located on Thomas and Dysart roads in Avondale and is home to the SouthWest Skill Center. Classes are also offered online and at EMCC’s Buckeye Educational Center, located in downtown Buckeye, Ariz.