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COVID: Remembrance Day

Thank you for joining the EMCC community as we come together to pay tribute to those we’ve lost to COVID-19, hold space for those mourning a loss, and acknowledge those suffering through the long-term effects of COVID-19. While we are saddened that our collective loss necessitates an event like this, we know we are stronger together!

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Join Livestream via Webex
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2022 11:00 am | (UTC-07:00) Arizona
Webinar number: 2498 773 5751
Webinar password: mqKWxmmq253 (67599667 from phones)
Join by phone: +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
Access code: 249 877 35751

Dr. Rey Rivera
Message from Dr. Rey Rivera, EMCC President
“The last two years have been challenging.  Far too many of our loved ones have lost their lives to COVID-19 - over 29,000 lives in Arizona alone.  We have experienced a collective trauma.  Our way of life on this campus, and in general, changed.  However, we are adapting and moving toward healing.  We felt this spring would be the appropriate time to come together as a community for a collective Remembrance Day.  
Our purpose is simple; we want to acknowledge the loss many of us have felt and honor those who have passed away.  We want to provide public space for those mourning a loss to connect and send hope to those suffering from the long-term effects of the COVID-19 virus.  We are grateful for your presence with us, and we encourage you to leverage the communal space and support being offered today.”
Remarkable Presence | An immersive art installation and AR experience by artist Jen Urso

As of April 2022, over 29,000 people in Arizona have died of COVID-19. They were people with family and friends, children and pets—people who mentored others and changed lives. Now, they are gone, and all of their belongings and memories are left with the people involved in their lives.
Remarkable Presence is an immersive art installation and AR experience by artist Jen Urso (see her bio below) featuring small, paper suitcases representing each COVID death in Arizona. These suitcases will be distributed throughout the community in events of collective grieving. The Remarkable Presence website ( serves as a hub of information, a way to experience the work virtually, and a point of contact for community members to request suitcases and make a donation to two worthy organizations.
The in-person installation is located on the first floor of Estrella Hall - South just outside the Academic Success Center across from the elevator through Thursday, April 14, 2022.

In addition to the physical presence of the suitcases, this piece includes an augmented reality (AR) experience both in the gallery space and anywhere you can access the AR app. The AR element allows virtual attendees to get a sense of the volume of loss Arizona has experienced while getting in touch with the reality of these individuals' lives.
Visit to access the Augmented Reality.  You must download the Hoverlay app on your phone in order to have the AR experience.

Participating Artists

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Candice Chavez | Singer | "Rise Up"
Candice Chavez is an accomplished Singer, Performer, and Actress. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she began to make a name for herself, performing locally. Ultimately, she went on to perform on ‘Show Time At The Apollo”, Pleasure Island Disney World, and ‘Moonwalker Show’ The Reflection of Michael Jackson, just to name a few. She was named one of the Best Professional National Anthem singers in Arizona and has sung at Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Diamondbacks, Rattlers, and most recently Arizona Cardinals games.
Photo of Jen Urso | photo credit is Makoto Ishida @mishidaphoto
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Jen Urso | Artist | Your Remarkable Presence
Jen Urso is a multidisciplinary artist creating works that utilize public interventions, performance, drawing, mapping and technology to honor a sensitive approach to our environment and community that respects the unseen and unspoken. Her work typically takes place in the public via occupation, immersion and discovery. She has exhibited and performed across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Jen lives and works in Phoenix, AZ.
Photo credit is Makoto Ishida @mishidaphoto
We recognize that opening a space to mourn and reflect on our COVID-19 losses will bring forth many different emotions.  Detailed below are a variety of resources to assist you as you process and continue to heal.  

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Community Support & Resources
Organization & Description
Contact information
A New Leaf | Counseling
ASU Counseling Training Center  | Open to community & students
Counselors are students in training with either Master’s or Ph.D. level
Phoenix: 602.496.1155
Downtown Campus: 602.496.0721
Tempe Campus: 
Catholic Charities Social Services | Counseling Only
No session limit, amount will be determined at intake
Sliding scale based on income
Chicanos Por La Causa  | AHCCS/sliding scale-adults only
Southwest Behavioral Health | Medications & Counseling-sliding scale
Valley del Sol (Avondale) | Counseling, 10320 W McDowell Rd.
Campus and District Resources
EMCC Counseling Services | Counseling-Personal, Educational, Career
3000 North Dysart Road/Avondale
EAP- EMCC Employees | Offers confidential support, advice, and practical solutions
Catholic Charities Social Services | Counseling Only
No session limit, amount will be determined at intake
Sliding scale based on income
Crisis Hotlines
Empact-24-hour Crisis Hotline
National Suicide Crisis Hotline
1.800.273. TALK
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ARIZONA | 29,681


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ARIZONA: 2,010,000

UNITED STATES: 80,300,000

- Arizona coronavirus map and case count. (2020, April 1). The New York Times.
- Covid in the U.S.: Latest maps, case and death counts. (2020, March 3). The New York Times.
- All data was retrieved on Friday, April 8, 2022.