International Cultural Center



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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Response Team Portrait

Faith Leaders Response Team Meeting

The Faith Leaders Response Team meeting led by the Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, on May 12, 2016, drew leaders from the Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith traditions.  Chiefs McSwain from the Police and Goldstein from Fire and Rescues were present with members of the Crisis Intervention Team and a teacher of the world’s […]

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James Stowe Speaking

Families, Faith and Your School

On May 15, 2016 nearly 30 people gathered for a special afternoon of learning at the Islamic Society of Germantown, facilitated by Montgomery County’s Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and MCPS’ Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP). Parents received helpful information about navigating the school system including tips on excused absences, how to communicate […]

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Nouf_22nd Annual National Conference

Training on Serving the Needs of Refugees and Asylees in the Greater Washington DC Area

Nouf Bazaz, ICC Crossroads Program Director, led four trainings in the past two weeks for local non-profits and at national conferences. On April 26th, she led a training for Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Services on the Crossroads Program and key mental health issues among refugee youth. […]

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Asbury Event at ICC

Responding to Anti-Islamic Rhetoric: Don’t Let History Repeat Itself

Over 15 youth and residents from Asbury Methodist Village participated in a dialogue circle on Saturday, April 16th 2016. Participants discussed incidents where they felt discriminated or judged by others, anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant rhetoric today and strategies moving forward. Participant evaluations at the end of the event were overwhelmingly positive: 93% reported feeling more connected […]

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Back to School Supply Drive 2015

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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On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, over 170 parents, teens and educators participated in our workshop to learn how to build their own campaigns to stop dangerous speech online and in our communities.

Stop Dangerous Speech

Dangerous speech, which fuels intolerance, hatred and violence is threatening to tear the social fabric of our society. On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, over 170 parents, teens and educators participated in our workshop to learn how to build their own campaigns to stop dangerous speech online and in our communities. EVENT SPEAKERS: Susan Benesch, Director […]

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Nouf Bazaz, Christian Picciolini, and Mubin Shaikh

Is Someone Recruiting Our Kids?

On Sunday, February 7, 2016 WORDE hosted an educational forum featuring two former violent extremists, Christian Picciolini, a former leader of the white supremacist movement in the US, and Mubin Shaikh, a former Islamist extremist.  Our guest speakers shared their personal stories of how they were influenced by different violent extremist movements, risk factors of […]

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