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About IRJC

Rep. Raskin at MC
U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin visits the Institute to offer words of encouragement as students prepared for the March for Our Lives held in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018.

The Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement (IRJC) provides a meeting area where students can discuss social justice issues; an academic space where faculty can support students; a hub for community engagement so students can connect with volunteer opportunities and community support organizations; and a food pantry and wardrobe closet for students in need.

The IRJC was founded by Dr. Vincent Intondi in 2018. Under Dr. Intondi’s direction, from 2018-2023, the Institute became a space dedicated to social justice that supports students from underrepresented and marginalized groups by helping them find their agency and engage in the democratic process. Furthermore, the Institute develops partnerships throughout the Montgomery County community providing students with opportunities for service learning, supporting community based social justice initiatives, and support for the numerous diverse communities of Montgomery County.

The IRJC is headquartered in Pavilion 4 203 on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus and consists of three separate spaces:

  • The Food Pantry and Wardrobe Closet: All items are free to students. Food items, toiletries, school supplies, and clothes for job interviews or other professional opportunities.
  • Computer Lab and Lounge Space: A meeting area where students can discuss social justice issues, a hub for civic engagement so students can connect with volunteer opportunities and community support organizations, tutoring and academic advising, free printing, computers for student use, and a small library.
  • Classroom: A space used to host speakers, film screenings, student group meetings, writing workshops, and training sessions.

For more information about the IRJC, contact Professor Karl Smith at 240-567-1353. or by email at

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