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International & Multicultural Student Center

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Who We Are

The MC International & Multicultural Center was founded in 1999 by Dr. Harold E. Barber to celebrate diversity at the college and to provide a platform that addresses the cultural, social, and academic needs of multicultural students.

Our goal is to serve the college community with a wholistic approach in offering programs, advising, and resources that meet the needs of our diverse student body. We encourage student involvement on campus and in the community.

What We Do

The MC International And Multicultural Center is home to the Global Connections Program, International Buddy Program, MC Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Committee, Africa & Diaspora Heritage Committee and the Multicultural Heritage Committee.

Our programs and committees offer an array of opportunities for the MC community which include but are not limited to: field trips, scholarship fairs, global lesson plans, festivals, information sessions, career exploration, ethnic performances, film screenings, reading lists, events, special exhibits, guest speakers, panels, mentoring, advising, conversation clubs, community & business partnerships, community involvement, and various resources. Get involved!

Global Connections Program

Created in 2001 by Dr. Harold Barber, Global Connections provides a platform to address the social, academic and cultural interests of multicultural students and to celebrate diversity at the college. 


September 2022

Global Connections invites you to MC African Heritage Month Celebration 2022! 

MC Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and New Year Observance
Wednesday, September 21, 2022,  
Location: Cafritz Bldg- Courtyard, TPSS Campus 
930 King St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Panafest Festival 2022*
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Location: Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland
More Information:  PanaFest USA – Pan African Festival USAnew window

Teaching Africa Day 2022*
Saturday, September 24,  2022
Location: Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, Maryland
Event Registration Link: Teaching Africa Day 2022: The Year of Return Diaspora Youth Tickets, Sat, Sep 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbritenew window

Global Connections African Heritage Month- Hybrid Field Trip
Exhibit: "Ike Ude: Nollywood Portraits". 

This field trip will give you a look into the second largest film industry in the world, Nollywood,  located in Nigeria, West Africa . "Multimedia artist Iké Udé celebrates the luminescent beauty and mystique of African visionaries by turning his lens on the talented people who drive Nollywood".
Location: Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Washington DC 
Website: Iké Udé: Nollywood Portraits ( window

Global Connections Health Issues Information Session
Date: TBA  
Events are Free of Charge. All are invited to attend Global Connections events. Sponsored by the MC International and Multicultural Center.  
*MC International & Multicultural Center is a Festival Supporter.
For more information contact

About African Heritage Month: 

The first African Heritage Month proclamation in the United States was made in 2008 by County Executive Isaiah Leggett in Montgomery County, Maryland.  The purpose of African Heritage Month is to celebrate the contributions of Continental Africans who live in the US, to  create awareness of the ties between Africa & the US, and to educate people about  the continent of Africa and its people.

September was chosen as the month of celebration because it coincides with African Union Day ( September 9).   Although, it has not yet been proclaimed a US National Heritage Month, it is celebrated in several cities & states  such as Washington DC, Maryland, Georgia & Minnesota. 
In Montgomery County, Maryland,  African immigrants make up 15% of the foreign-born population . There is great diversity within the African immigrant community in the county .  Ethiopians make up the largest proportion of African immigrants. Cameroonians, Sierra Leoneans, Nigerians, Ghanaians, Liberians, and Kenyans are also well represented in the County. Ethiopia is the country with the second-fastest growing immigrant population in the county (China is the first).


Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent. At about 30.2 million km2 (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers six percent of Earth's  total surface area and 20.4 percent of its total land area.  Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate zones to southern temperate zones.

With 1.1 billion people as of 2013, it accounts for about 15% of the world's human population.  Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. The continent has 54 countries with Algeria being the largest country by area, and Nigeria being the largest by population.  East Africa is widely accepted as the place of origin for mankind.

October 2022

Global Connections Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 Field Trip
Exhibit: "Presente! A Latino History of The United States"

This self-guided in-person field trip package will allow you to " reexamine what you know about U.S. history by learning more about Latino identity, immigration, historical legacies, and how Latinas and Latinos have shaped the nation".

Smithsonian Musuem of the American Latino
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All are invited to attend Global Connections events, which are sponsored by the MC International and Multicultural Student Center and various co-sponsors.  For more information contact Eniola Olowofoyeku at

Africa & Diaspora Heritage Committee

About the Committee
2020 MC Africa & Diaspora Festival Video

The Africa & Diaspora Heritage Committee is a college-wide committee that promotes positive learning and understanding about the history, issues, culture and diversity of peoples of African descent, world-wide. Each year, we offer cultural events, programs, opportunities and resources for students,faculty, and staff. The culmination of all of these events is our annual MC Africa & Diaspora Heritage Festival. For more information on how to become involved, please contact us!

Africa & Diaspora Heritage Festival

The 1st annual MC Africa and Diaspora Heritage Festival was held at the MC Takoma/Silver Spring campus during Black History Month 2020. Attendees enjoyed cultural displays, performances, food and fun! Check out the highlights in video above.


Check back for updates.


Want to learn more about the world-wide African Diaspora? Check out the videos below and our reading list!

Other Resources

Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Committee

The MC Asian Pacific Island Heritage Committee is a college-wide committee comprised of faculty, staff and students whose purpose is to plan various activities at the college that bring awareness to the diversity and accomplishment of Asian-Pacific people. 

MC Multicultural Heritage Committee

This is a college-wide committee with a diverse body of faculty, students, and staff who are committed to celebrating the diversity of different nationalities and cultures at the college. The capstone event of this committee is the MC Multicultural Festival which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2020. If you would like to join this committee, please contact Eniola Olowofoyeku at

International Buddy Program

The International Buddy Program is part of the MC Mentoring Network: download the IBP Flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  to apply.


 Hard copies are available on campus of the Multicultural Student Handbook, the Multicultural Center Brochure, and the STSU-101 Course brochure.

Additional Resources

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Afro Festival 2020
Afro Festival 2020
Afro Festival 2020
Afro Festival 2020
Afro Festival 2020
Afro Festival 2020
Ethio Coffee 2019
Ethio Coffee 2019
Ethio Coffee 2019
2019 F-1 Update
2019 F-1 Update
2019 F-1 Update
Africa OSP
Africa OSP
Africa OSP
Asian Heritage Month Taiwan
Asian Heritage Month Taiwan
Asian Heritage Month Taiwan
Cantare at MC 2014
Cantare at MC 2014
Cantare at MC 2014