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2023 Fall Equity Dialogue: Cultivating a Sense of Belonging for All at MC

This dialogue included two discussion panels, one on October 26 and the other on October 27, that focused on identifying what true belonging is, ways to foster and cultivate a climate and culture of belonging,

and ways that each of us can contribute to making MC a place where all people feel welcomed, that they matter, and that they are supported in unlocking their full potential to thrive and fulfill their passions. This recording is from the October 27 event in which we were honored to host our special keynote speaker, Dr. Rachel-Yvonne Talton, an expert in the field of DEI, Belonging, and Global Trust and the founder and CEO of Synergy.

2023 Spring Equity Dialogue: Culture of Care

Monday, April 10 – Friday, April 14, 2023

The Office of Equity and Inclusion proudly presented Equity Week 2023: Culture of Care: "Face it, there is no eqUity and Inclusion without U & I, embrace it." 

We programmed an action-packed week that included programs and performances conducted by our students, faculty, and staff. Sessions helped individuals develop and apply personal and professional practices that will build an inclusive environment, equitable student success rates, and employee career growth and fulfillment.


2022 Spring Equity Dialogue:  Critical Race Theory

Reframing the Criminal Justice System From a CRT Perspective

Our Spring Dialogue was held virtually on Thursday, February 24, 2022. Students, employees, and the community had an opportunity to get an understanding of CRT, away from the dramatized representations in the media. A specific focus was a discussion of criminal justice and the legal system. Almost 70 participants were able to learn how decisions are made and how the public can influence those decisions through a racial equity lens and what practices government agencies, schools, and the community can implement.

Watch the session recordingnew window and read the event program (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) to learn more about this forum and the presenters.


2021 Fall Equity Dialogue:   Critical Race Theory

Montgomery College’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, in partnership with Montgomery County’s Office of the County Executive and The Universities at Shady Grove, hosted a forum to examine what critical race theory (CRT) is—and what it isn’t.

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2020 Women Who Empower Panel

An Equity and Inclusion conversation on women who empower each other and their community.

2019 Excellence in Equity Awards

Carol Faye Walls was expected by her parents to get married, start a family, and maintain the household she created. Her family was focused on the educational and professional success of her brothers, and not her, which discouraged her desires for learning and artistic expression. Despite this, she continued to press forward and achieve her educational dreams. Achieving the Dream (ATD) Network colleges, awards students every year as DREAM Scholar students. ATD’s 2019 DREAM Scholars program to enhance their leadership, critical thinking, and networking skills.

2019 Equity Summit

From Awareness to Action to Innovation:  Empowering Leaders through Inclusive Excellence

1. From Awareness to Action, to Innovation: Empowering Leaders Through Inclusive Excellence by Dr. Damon A. Williams, Chief Catalyst, Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation. 2. Data Discovery by Mr. Diego Uriburu, Executive Director, Identity. 3. MC Statistics/Demographics and Focus on being an "Achieving the Dream" college by Professor John Hamman, Dean of Mathematics, Statistics and Data Science

Overview of Montgomery County’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative

1. Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro: Brief remarks followed by Questions and Answers. 2. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich: Brief remarks and Dialogue with Dr. Pollard. 3. Excellence in Equity awards video montage  of employee nominees and award presentations to students


Diversity and Inclusion

Student Track led by Dr. Williams

Exposing participants to the Inclusive Excellence model and the critical importance of equity, civility, and inclusion in the 21st century

2018 Report at the Spring Opening Meeting

Our mission and accomplishments as presented at the Spring Opening Meeting 2018


A Message from Dr. Pollard

Dr. DeRionne Pollard describes the College's commitment to fostering an environment of equity and inclusion.

A message from Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Sharon Bland

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Sharon Bland addresses the MC community.

You Are Welcome Here

Montgomery College is the most diverse community college in the continental US. We participated in the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign to affirm that we welcome students from all backgrounds.