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Diversity in Rockville

Rockville’s Mayor and Council Proclaim 'World Refugee Day'
See the full proclamation of World Refugee Day in the agenda center.





Rockville’s Mayor and Council Proclaim 'Pride Month'

For more Pride Month events, see below. View the official Pride Month proclamation document in the agenda center.


    


Watch a Replay of the Mayor and Council's Follow-up
See the Monday, May 1, Mayor and Council meeting online through the agenda center's Granicus web player.



Rockville’s Diversity Discussion Continues in May

A Mayor and Council discussion on Monday, May 1 (see agenda item 12) will revisit the success of the city’s diversity town hall and continue celebrating Rockville’s multicultural community.

The discussion, part of the 7 p.m. Mayor and Council meeting at City Hall, is a follow-up to a Feb. 9 town hall meeting on diversity that brought more than 150 people to the Rockville Senior Center.

Four themes that emerged from the town hall will be discussed at the May 1 meeting. They are:

  • Promoting inclusion in the community and in city staff diversity, programming and outreach efforts.
  • Supporting greater connectivity between the city government and the community, through continuing conversations and increased opportunities for community interaction with city police, with the Mayor and Council and with neighbors.
  • Enhancing communication about services, initiatives, resources and events offered by the city government and by other organizations in Rockville.
  • Engaging young people in dialogue about diversity and inclusion through education, youth activities and recreational programming.These themes will guide next steps in celebrating diversity and supporting inclusion.



Diversity Events in and Around Rockville


June 24 4-6 p.m. Montgomery College, Rockville Gudelsky Technical Building 
Rockville Pride

The City of Rockville’s Human Rights Commission, in collaboration with Montgomery College and local organizations, hosts a program to inspire, empower and provide services to the LGBTQ community.

  • Performers. 
  • Interactive exercises. 
  • Creative expression, including a poetry and a mural. 
  • LGBTQ individuals sharing their journeys.

 A meet-and-greet and information table with resources for the LGBTQ community. For more information, contact HRC liaison Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316 or .

July 12, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Twinbrook Community Recreation Center
Making it Possible: Moving Through LGBTQ and Community Connections

In partnership with the Rockville Human Rights Commission, Dance Exchange artists will engage participants in intergenerational story sharing centered around the challenges, resilience and action of LGBTQ communities and allies. The program intends to:

Build intergenerational connections between the LGBTQ community and the broader community. 

  • Explore and harness the power of creativity.
  • Ignite new ideas across intersecting communities and identities. 
  • Express and identify actions the LGBTQ community and the broader community wants and needs.

For more information, contact HRC liaison Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316 or .


Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Elwood Smith Community Center, 601 Harrington Road, Rockville, MD 20850
LGBTQ Community Police Academy

Please join us as we host Rockville’s first Community Police Academy geared specifically towards the LGBTQ community, sponsored by the Rockville City Police Department.
Topics to be covered:

  • Patrol procedures.
  • Domestic violence in the LGBTQ community.
  • Emergency preparedness.
  • K-9 demonstration.
  • RCPD transgender policy.

[The curriculum is still being completed.]

If there are additional topics you are interested in learning about, please contact the RCPD. To register, contact Sgt. Jan Seilhamer at or 240-314-8978. 




Mayor and Council's Town Hall on Diversity, Feb. 9 



Rockville Senior Center’s Carnation Room was at capacity Thursday night for a town hall discussion on diversity, and how to make Rockville a more inclusive place that actively welcomes and engages its broad, multicultural community.


20170209_192522.jpgMore than 150 participants divided themselves among six conversation circles, each set up to address a different set of questions on topics that included hate crime, enhancing community policing, barriers to government, communicating to young people and promoting inclusion.

Rockville is the ninth most diverse city in America, according to WalletHub, with more than one-third of the city’s residents born outside the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011-2015 American Community Survey, of the city’s total population of 64,331:

  • 20.5 percent are Asian.
  • 15.7 percent are Hispanic or Latino.
  • 9.8 percent are black.
  • 43.2 percent speak a language other than English.


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