International & Multicultural Student Center
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.
MC Lunar New Year Observation:
MC Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage | Montgomery College, Maryland
Cooking With Love: Healthy Cooking with Chef Beth Yohannes
February 9th from 4pm-5:15pm
Chef Yohannes will join Montgomery College for a special presentation featuring her healthy cuisine. Hear about her culinary journey from Ethiopia to England, to becoming a successful restaurant owner in the USA
Registration: Meeting Registration
ASALH 2022 Black History Month Festival:
Panel Discussion: “Race and Health Disparities in Urban African American Communities”
February 5th from 12pm-1:30pm
Registration : Meeting Registration – Zoom
Panel Discussion: Black Medical Schools and Professional Health Organizations
February 19th from 2pm-4pm
ASALH President W. Marvin Dulaney and Presidents of Black medical schools and professional health organizations will have conversation that will cover a broad landscape of topics addressing Black Health and Wellness
ASALH Black History Month Festival Presidential Conversation Tickets, Sat, Feb 19, 2022 at 2:00 PM | Eventbritenew window
Global Connections Black History Month Virtual Field Trip: “American Landscapes”
Exhibit by the late Dr. David C. Driskell (1930-2020), Maryland resident and Professor at University of Maryland.
Video: The David C. Driskell Center: Preserving African American Art – YouTubenew window
American Landscapes | The David C. Driskell Center (umd.edu)new window
Dr. Carter G. Woodson first started a one week celebration during the second week of February in 1926. Dr. Woodson was one of the founders of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This observance was held to commemorate and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments made by people of African descent. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this national celebration because it coincided with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass, and President Abraham Lincoln. Then In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Every US President since then, has proclaimed the month of February as Black History Month. It is also referred to as African-American History Month.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Africa & Diaspora Heritage Committee
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!
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.
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Want to learn more about the world-wide African Diaspora? Check out the videos below and our reading list!
- Reading lists
- Maroon Culture videos:
- Juneteenth: Black America's Independence Daynew window:
- What is the world-wide African Diaspora?new window
- African Community Discussion on Mental Health & Wellnessnew window
- UN International Decade for People of African Descentnew window
- Montgomery County, Maryland Ethnic Advisory Groups
- Gondar, Ethiopia -Montgomery County, MD Sister Citynew window
- Akademi Kreyol Ayisyennew window
- Sandy Spring Slave Museumnew window
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 email@example.com.
International Buddy Program
Hard copies are available on campus of the Multicultural Student Handbook, the Multicultural Center Brochure, and the STSU-101 Course brochure.
- Boys to Men Program
- F1 Student Coordinators
- MC Study Abroad
- Montgomery College Global Leaders and Speakers Toastmasters - check back for the MC link soon!
- Akademi Kreyol Ayisyennew window
- Montgomery College & Sister City- Gondar, Ethiopianew window