International Cultural Center



Montgomery County Annual Friendship Picnic

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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Courageous Conversations

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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ESCVs served in response to the major explosion in Silver Spring

On Thursday, August 11, after the deadly gas explosion at the Flower Branch apartment complex in Silver Spring, the faith communities of Montgomery county has been very active and responding in several ways.  In addition to prayers, the Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteers (ESCVs) have been caring for families in their shelter. Within a few hours of this disaster, the Emotional […]

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Back to School Supply Drive 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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Town Hall Meetings on Police and Community Relations

The Faith Community Working Group was among the conveners of two very timely Town Hall meetings held on July 19 at the Silver Spring Civic Building and on July 20 at the Black Rock Theater addressing the violence of our culture. The first town hall drew 500 people and second town hall drew about 350.  […]

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Returning to MCPS

On Thursday, July 14, 2016, Muslim leaders met with Superintendent Smith and five of his executive team for progress reports on Creating a Safe Learning Environment for Muslim Students, which had been presented several months earlier. It was a cordial and constructive session in which valuable information was exchanged, trust was built and goals were […]

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3rd Summit of Muslim Leaders with County Executive

The Third Summit of Muslim Leaders was held at the Islamic Society of Germantown on Thursday, July 7, 2016 and featured County Executive, Isiah Leggett, and County Council President, Nancy Floreen, sign a Proclamation declaring solidarity and assuring support for the Muslim community, which is highly valued and appreciated for its significant contributions to Montgomery […]

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BRYCS Blog Post

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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Washington Post Reports on ICC’s Survey of the Impact of Bullying on Muslim Students

The Washington Post reports on a recent survey the International Cultural Center (ICC) administered in Montgomery County to measure the impact of bullying on students in the county. The ten question survey was administered in January 2016, and asked students to reflect back on their experiences in the past six months, to understand some of […]

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Community Leaders Come Together to Condemn Violence and Bigotry

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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