International Cultural Center


ICC is a community center where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to engage in community building programs, social action projects and educational programs built to promote pluralism and social cohesion based on mutual respect and harmonious coexistence.


  • Promote the participation of individuals and families with various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds in civic engagement, cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue, and community service.
  • Develop a vibrant community of engaged citizens with the resources to peacefully mitigate any social and political conflict through effective cross-cultural approaches.
  • Decrease a culture of misunderstandings, fear and violence.


Realizing that real action and change must take place at the community level, in 2011 WORDE established the International Cultural Center (ICC). The establishment of this center, located in a 10,000 square foot facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has given WORDE the wonderful opportunity to transform policy into action.

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Interracial/Interfaith Dialogue on Racism: Seeing the Divine in Each Other

The Faith Community Working Group invites you to join our second Interracial/Interfaith Dialogue, “Seeing the Divine in Each Other”. Participants will engage in anti-racism exercises in diverse groups with a trained facilitator. This is the first in a series of dialogues on racism. Each dialogue will begin with reflections on our sacred texts, our common […]

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, 100 Welsh Park Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
  • 6:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  • November 3, 2016

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The Crossroads Program provides culturally proficient counseling and access to social services for Montgomery County residents (with low to moderate incomes).

Courageous Conversations_1

On 8/23, ICC Crossroads co-sponsored “Courageous Conversations,” an intergenerational and interracial conversation on discrimination and bullying. ICC Crossroads Program Director, Nouf Bazaz, facilitated dialogue between diverse students and panelists that culminated in the creation of a community mural. Co-sponsors of the event included the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative, The City of Gaithersburg/Gaithersburg Youth Center, Identity […]

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The ICC’s dynamic community building programs are designed to foster mutual respect for various cultural and ethnic traditions, while developing new friendships and avenues for collaboration.


The 4th Friendship Picnic and first one recognizing Welcoming America Week drew in excess of 2,000 people celebrating the diverse cultures and faiths of Montgomery County. The entertainment ranged from the Zainab Girls singing the National Anthem to Capital Blues Ensemble, Bangladeshi Dance, Rabbi David Shneyer, Zumba and Calm Collective Indonesian Band. Free food, face […]

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Over the last year, youth and families from the Greater Washington DC area have participated in a range of activities at the ICC that promote social action through service-learning projects.

Back to School Supplies 2_2016

With the support from the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Silver Spring, we were able to create 37 backpacks filled with school supplies. 30 of these were donated to the Stepping Stones Shelter and 7 were donated among the local refuge families. Thank you for your generous donations!

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Attend hands-on workshops, seminars and town hall discussions with policymakers, analysts and academics on critical issues that affect our community such as conflict resolution, domestic violence, and the impact of violence on our youth.

Speaker Kolya Braun-Greiner, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

On February 9th, the ICC hosted 60 people from diverse faith traditions who came together to increase community awareness of issues related to water quality at “Greening Our Sacred Grounds”. Speakers included Paul Hlavinka of the Muddy Branch Alliance and Rev. Mary Gaut from Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. The following presentations engaged congregations in […]

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