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Equity Week

Understanding Belonging and Mattering

APRIL 15–19, 2024 

The Office of Equity and Inclusion proudly presents Equity Week 2024

Please join us on April 15–19, 2024, for Equity Week 2024. Help us make this another successful week in which we celebrate our differences and educate ourselves through conversations of shared experiences, participatory dialogues, keynote speakers, events, facilitated training, and more. We have an action-packed week that includes programming by our students, faculty, and staff. Sessions will help individuals develop and apply personal and professional practices that build an inclusive environment, equitable student success, and employee career growth and fulfillment. We invite students and employees from the MC community to save these dates and come out to celebrate, share, learn, and help educate each other. 

Below, view our tentative Equity Week schedule. Events, times, and locations are subject to change at this time. 

Monday, April 15

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Equity Week Opening Day 
Welcome by MC President, Dr. Jermaine F. Williams
Opening remarks by Interim Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Kimberly Jones

Wendy Gates Corbett, Keynote Speaker and CEO of Signature Presentations, LLC - Virtual Keynote via Zoom
The speaker for this event will deliver a virtual keynote via Zoom. However, the MC community is invited to view the Zoom in-person at the Theatre Arts Building, TA 156 on Rockville campus.

Description - Today, we welcome our Keynote Speaker, Wendy Gates Corbett, International Keynote Speaker, Professor at Duke University, and author of, The Energy of Belonging. Wendy’s research, which has touched over 150,000 people worldwide, pinpoints the behaviors that foster a genuine sense of belonging within organizations. Her thought leadership is highlighted in her role on the Board of Trustees of Guilford College, her recognition as Business Consultant of the Year, and an Association for Talent Development (ATD) award that honors her contributions to community and leadership

MC Employee registration
Students and community member registration

1:45 p.m.
Equity Week 2024: Presidential Scholars Program (PSP) Student Dialogue (via Workday)

This is an in-person event held in the Theatre Arts Building, TA156 on Rockville campus. Facilitated by George Rice.
Lunch will be available for the first 50 registrants.

Description: This dialogue discussion aims to delve into the key concepts presented in "The Energy of Belonging" by Wendy Gates Corbett: Connect, Respect, and Protect, and explore their relevance and application here at Montgomery College (MC). Our opening remarks and keynote will be virtual, followed by a round table discussion with our Presidential Scholars (PSP) Students in the Theater Arts Center, Rm 156.

This event will be available to view via Zoom presentation.
MC Employee registration 
Student Registration

3–4 p.m.
TRHT Drop-In Information Session: What is a Racial Healing Circle? 
Presentation via Zoom
Facilitated by Rose Garvin Aquilino, Richard Forrest, Dr. Fiona Glade, and Dr. Glenda Hernandez Tittle

This information session, led by a panel of trained Racial Healing Circle (RHC) facilitators from MC, will help participants understand how the college's RHCs contribute to the national TRHT movement. In this safe space, participants will be invited to drop by to hear about TRHT goals, share their own RHC experiences, and ask questions. If you’ve thought of attending an RHC and you’re not sure what to expect, this session is for you! 

MC Employee registration

4–5 p.m.
Increasing Student Access and Opportunities through Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Excelencia in Education Partnerships (event flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) )
Rockville Campus, SV416
Facilitator: Jury Medrano, Maria Martinez and Dr. Glenda Hernandez Tittle

In this session, presenters will share the history of HACU and the partnership initiatives between HACU and Montgomery College with a focus on the many opportunities for student internships, conferences and leadership programs. Students and staff will share testimonials on their participation and experience with HACU as well as tips and strategies on application processes. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome! 

MC Employee registration 
Students and community member registration

Tuesday, April 16

10–11:30 a.m.
Open Circle Theatre: Disability Inclusion in Theatre Arts, Rockville campus, in-person event
Suzanne Richard, Artistic Director

Join us for a dialogue and educational conversation with Open Circle Theatre. Open Circle Theatre is DC’s first professional theatre that promotes careers in the arts for people with disabilities. They create from the principle that disability can enhance the artistic experience, expand aesthetic innovation, and influence a community to become accessible for all. Formed in 2003 by a group of people with and without disabilities, they value building a diverse community and celebrating the uniqueness of each person through showcasing their unique talents and through education.

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Noon–1:30 p.m.
TRHT Focus group: Let's Listen to Belong!  
Rockville Campus, SV416

Facilitated by Dr. Glenda Hernandez Tittle, Ken Nelson, and Jackie Williams

Members of MC's TRHT steering committee want to hear from those who've attended a Racial Healing Circle (RHC) and from others who have not yet attended one. In this focus group, participants will hear from RHC alum and others about narrative changes they would like to see. Participants will be invited to discuss questions about what it means to belong in a community, to provide feedback about RHCs, and to offer suggestions for future TRHT activities and events. 

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12:15 p.m.
Yoga with Joan
Germantown campus - Room HT 216
Contact to schedule

Event Registration

2–4 p.m.
Antiracism Training: The Journey Towards Becoming an Antiracist Institution

via Zoom

Participants will learn the definition of anti-racism and how to raise awareness and embrace our role as we shift our college culture by providing access to resources, updating policies and procedures, hiring and retaining employees, and enabling academic excellence for marginalized populations.

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4:30–5:30 p.m.
Women in STEM Breaking Barriers (event flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) )
Germantown Campus, HT building, Globe Hall
Facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Thomas, Ingrid Van Scott, Capparella Jennifer, Dr. Laura Anna, Dr. Nawal Benmouna 

Join us for a compelling panel discussion featuring esteemed women STEM department chairs as they delve into the challenges, triumphs, and future prospects of Women in STEM. This engaging session will explore the unique experiences, perspectives, and initiatives led by these accomplished leaders in their respective fields. From breaking barriers to fostering inclusivity, this discussion promises to inspire and enlighten attendees on the crucial role of women in shaping the landscape of STEM disciplines. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and contribute to the ongoing dialogue on gender equity in STEM. 

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Students and community member registration

5 p.m.
Readers Theater 

Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, Cultural Arts Center, Gallery Space (CU105)
Facilitated by Dr. Deborah Taylor and Jason Bruffy 

We invite you to an afternoon of storytelling and readings including excerpts from Eve Ensler's, The Vagina Monologues that smash the patriarchy one story at a time. This includes readings from faculty, staff and students.

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Wednesday, April 17

9–4:30 p.m.
Safe Zone Training

Lunch provided
Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, Cultural Arts Theatre 2, CU208

Gain new understanding of gender, gender identity, gender expression and the diverse range of sexual and affectional orientations. Acquire resources and referral information and practice communication skills for classroom or office discussions or unexpected disclosure. It's your choice about how visible and active to be as an ally after class.

By taking the Safe Zone training, you help foster a welcoming academic environment for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender--or questioning identity. LGBTQ students often feel unsafe at school, resulting in reduced attendance to avoid risk, bullying, or bias. Additionally, you can empower students to cope with ignorance or discrimination, build community among peers, and focus on their studies.

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11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Multicultural Fair (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)
Sponsored by the TP/SS Student Activities Board 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life
Charlene R. Nunley, Student Services Center, ST Atrium–Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus

The Multicultural Fair is designed to celebrate diversity and inclusion within our community. Through a vibrant showcase of various cultures, including exhibits, performances, and interactive activities, attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of traditions and flavors. The Multicultural Fair aims to underscore the importance of embracing diversity and fostering inclusion to ultimately cultivating a more unified and understanding campus community.

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Noon–8:00 p.m.
"Dear Younger Me: A Journey of Self-Compassion and Empowerment"
The one-time remount of the show will happen all day at the MC Cultural Arts Center TPSS, CU105 

"Dear Younger Me" is an immersive media art installation that serves as a transformative space for healing, self-compassion, and empowerment for Black women and girls. Through a 5-minute immersive audio and visual experience, visitors are transported into a world that affirms and celebrates Black womanhood, fostering empathy and understanding of the Black female experience while highlighting inner resilience.

"Dear Younger Me" is part of a larger project dedicated to creating healing spaces and opportunities for Black women to engage in self-compassion, community building, and personal growth. The project aims to address the inner child of Black women and girls while providing models of empowerment.

Noon–1:30 p.m
Equity & Tech in the Voting Booth (via Workday)
ignITe Hub, on the Rockville Campus with Voter Registration Booths on each campus

In collaboration with Montgomery College’s Equity Week, the ignITe Hub is hosting a HYBRID event to learn about the intersectionality of equity and technology and the impact on civic engagement. The MC Votes Student Ambassadors will also be onsite to assist eligible community members to get ready for the 2024 election.

Guest Speakers:  

  • Dr. Gilberto Zelaya, Community Engagement /Public Relations Officer, Montgomery County Board of Elections
  • Shannon Roundtree, MC Votes Student Lead, Montgomery College

Lunch will be provided for onsite guests.

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2–3:30 p.m.
Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project Conversation Circle
Rockville Campus, SV 416
Student and Faculty co‐presenters:  Noah Agboyibor and Mhambi Musonda, with Dr. Glenda Hernandez Tittle and Derrick Tabor. 

Montgomery County Lynching Memorial Project MoCoLMP) Conversation Circle. Members of both TRHT and MoCoLMP join to provide and overview of their partnership and mission. This session includes student-led conversation circle on the lynchings and dedication markers in Rockville and Montgomery County. 

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4–5 p.m.
Excellence in Equity Panel/Cultural Performances co-sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Life

Cultural Arts Center - Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, Theatre 1 (CU108) 
For directions, use: 931 King St. Silver Spring, MD 20912

Join us for an engaging panel discussion titled Excellence in Equity Panel: A Panel Discussion on College Students' Sense of Belonging. Our diverse panel of college students will share their experiences and insights on creating inclusive spaces, overcoming barriers to belonging, and building supportive communities on college campuses. Whether you're a student, faculty member, or community member interested in fostering a sense of belonging, this event offers valuable perspectives and practical strategies. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from our panelists and contribute to the conversation on promoting inclusivity and connection in higher education.

MC Employee registration
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5–6 p.m.
2024 Excellence in Equity Awards Reception 

Cultural Arts Center lobby, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus
Registration is located below.

6–7 p.m.
2024 Excellence in Equity Awards

Dr. Jermaine F. Williams and Trustee Emeritus Kenneth Hoffman
Moderated by Kimberly Jones
Cultural Arts Center, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, Theater 1 (CU108)

The Excellence in Equity award recognizes and celebrates students, faculty, staff, and administrators who have demonstrated exemplary accomplishments in advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. These individuals serve as leaders through their active participation and contributions in making Montgomery College and/or their local community more inclusive by creating an environment where all individuals are valued, respected, and feel welcomed.

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Thursday, April 18

9:15–10:45 a.m.
Affordable College for Maryland Dreamers
Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus–Catherine F. Scott Commons, CM 211
Facilitated by Gustavo Minaya

The Affordable College for Maryland Dreamers aims to highlight the challenges and barriers that undocumented students often encounter when seeking higher education opportunities and understanding the available resources and financial aid options that are crucial to ensuring their success. 

MC Employee registration
Students and community member registration

10 a.m.–noon
Truth, Racial, Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Healing Circle

Focus group will be held via Zoom
Facilitated by Stacey Gustavson and Glenda Hernandez Tittle

A group of 10-20 diverse individuals from the College will meet for one and a half to two hours to go through a series of activities that help us get to know each other better. The idea is that if we know each other better as individuals, we break down the hierarchy of who is important and who is not (hierarchy of human value). By knowing each other better, we are better positioned to tackle the important policies, practices, and narratives that are barriers to fulfilling the mission of the College. 

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11–12:30 p.m.
Inclusive and Equitable practices for Student Success in STEM
Germantown Campus, HT Building, Globe Hall (event flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) )
Facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Thomas, Dr. Milton Nash, Dr. Vedham Karpakakunjaram, Dr. Nawal Benmouna 

Join us for an interactive workshop during Equity Week, focused on promoting equity in STEM and making these fields accessible to all communities. This engaging session will provide participants with valuable insights, strategies, and resources to foster inclusivity and diversity in STEM education. Through collaborative discussions and practical exercises, participants will explore ways to dismantle barriers and create an environment where every student, regardless of background, can thrive in STEM disciplines. Whether you're a seasoned educator or new to the field, this workshop offers an opportunity to contribute to our collective efforts in advancing equity and excellence in STEM education for all.

MC Employee Registration
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Noon–2:00 p.m.
Rockville MC Pride & Allies Open House
RV Campus - Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Student Services Center Lobby

MC Pride & Allies welcomes you to our Rockville open house and information table! Stop by to meet some of our dedicated members, learn about the resources available on campus for LGBTQIA+ students and employees, and grab some tasty treats.

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12:15–2 p.m.
Wellness Activities 

All employees are eligible to participate in MC Wellness classes. Employees must complete the Wellness Enrollment Forms, available on the MC Wellness website, to participate. For questions contact

Equity Walk/Run for Students and all Employees, Spouses, and Retirees
Rockville campus  
Sponsored by RV Student Life, PHED Exercise is Medicine and MC Wellness 
Event Registration 

Yoga Class
Takoma Park/Silver Spring, ST302 (Hybrid)

Event Registration

1-2:30 p.m
You Belong Too: Equity Hour student panel
Dr. DeRionne Pollard Student Affairs and Science Building, 2nd floor Lobby
Co-sponsored by Student Government Association and the Office of Student Life

Join the Student Government Association and the Office of Equity and Inclusion for the "You Belong Too" panel discussion! MC is a diverse community of amazing people like you. What has your experience been so far in the Raptor community? We would love to hear your story and discuss more ways to create a safe and inclusive space for students, staff, faculty, and community members. This event is open to all, so mark your calendar to not miss this opportunity to connect and promote inclusivity!

You Belong Too: Equity Hour Student Panel co-sponsored by the SGA - Workday
Student and community registration

3–4:15 p.m.
Increasing Belonging and Mattering Through Creating Safe Multilingual Spaces: Hablemos Espanol! Panel and Hablemos Session
SV416, Rockville Campus

Moderator: Yanira Rodriguez and Dr. Glenda Hernandez Tittle
Panelists: Dr. Ivonne Bruneau-Botello, Vanessa Zambrano, Evelyn Rodas, Stacey Gustavson, Karl Smith, Jury Medrano

This is a two-part session with the first half hour consisting of a panel discussing the importance and need for the creation of safe multilingual spaces on campus and how this is connected to the College's mission of belonging. The panelists, consisting of representatives from different areas including staff, students, faculty, and facilities, will share their perspectives and experiences on this topic. The second part will include a demonstration on what the Hablemos Español! offerings look like and how others can replicate it to offer it in different languages as well as in different spaces throughout the College. 

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4 p.m.
The Immigrant Chat Circle 
Rockville Campus, SV 104A (lower level)
Sponsored by the Student Government Association
Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life
Facilitated by Hon Lam, Academic Coach

The Immigrant Chat Circle is a supportive and inclusive space established for international students and immigrants to share their experiences, challenges, and successes within a welcoming community. It serves as a platform where individuals can engage in open dialogue, find understanding, and receive support from peers and allies. Through meaningful conversations and connections, the Immigrant Chat Circle aims to foster a sense of belonging and empowerment among participants, contributing to a more inclusive and diverse campus environment.

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Friday, April 19
6–8 p.m.

Cultural Night! Hosted by The African Student Association, TP/SS
Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life

Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus
Cultural Arts, Theatre 1

This event aims to honor, educate, and celebrate our heritage within the Montgomery College community. This event comprises a showcase of various cultures and tribes across the African continent, and we will be representing them through different dances, cultural presentations, songs, a skit, and a fashion show. These cutting-edge presentations will try to illuminate the different cultures that make us who we are.

General Admission - $10
Student Admission - $5
Click here to purchase tickets.
Proceeds from ticket sales will support student scholarships.