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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2016 BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE; Deadline: Friday, July 29

Did you know: 35% of kids in Montgomery County can’t afford school supplies? Extend your hand to help a needy child today! Donate school supplies or sponsor a student by donating $25 to ICC. Deadline: Friday, July 29 2016 SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST INCLUDES: Pencil Box/Pouch 1″ Binders Pack of Dividers Loose leaf paper (wide and […]

  • July 29, 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).


ICC Crossroads Director, Nouf Bazaz, is this months guest blogger for Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services (BRYCS), which maintains the nation’s largest online collection of resources related to refugee and immigrant children and families. This month’s post, “Muslim Refugee Youth: Stories & Strategies Addressing Discrimination & Bullying,” shares stories of the challenges faced by […]

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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.


On Monday June 13, 2016 over 200 community leaders, activists, representatives from faith- based organizations and members of the law enforcement community attended a solidarity event to speak out against hate and violence organized by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmaid (WORDE President), Hamza Khan (Muslim Democratic Club Chairperson) and Patrick Paschall (Executive Director of Free State Legal). […]

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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.


60 backpacks filled with school supplies were donated to help needy kids succeed in Montgomery County! Thank you so much 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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