International Cultural Center

About Us


George Selim with community members engrossed in discussion with George Selim

George Selim speaking with event participants.

Mission 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 diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds in cross-cultural dialogue and community service.
  • Develop a vibrant community of engaged citizens with the resources to peacefully mitigate any social and political conflict.
  • Decrease a culture of misunderstandings, fear and violence in collaboration with local government, law enforcement, faith and community-based organizations, and preeminent social service providers.


History Realizing that real action and change must take place at the community level, in 2011 the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) established the International Cultural Center (ICC), a 10,000 square foot facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Using a research-informed foundation for its projects, the ICC has already made a positive impact by being a vehicle through which Montgomery County youth and families find constructive social outlets with other communities, and thereby reducing interethnic tensions and misconceptions of the “other”.


Current Programs  The ICC is a unique space for cultivating positive social networks — where the community can foster a sense of belonging and youth can channel their energy into peaceful, productive outlets. We offer a variety of programs that fall into the following categories:


Social Action
Community Building

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Partners  Our projects would not be possible without our extensive network of partners. We work with over 50 local and regional organizations, for a complete listing click here.


Our Team  For a listing of our staff, please click here.