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Diversity in Rockville

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


May 24, Wednesday. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Rockville City Hall
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June 7, Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m. Lincoln Park Community Center, 357 Frederick Ave., Rockville
The Lincoln Park Civic Association presents Know Your Rights, with the Mongomery County Office of the Public Defender
Learn about encounters with the police and immigration enforcement risk. Followed by a question and answer session. RSVP to Ebony Davis at 301-563-8926 or .


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June 9, Friday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
Senior International Day

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June 14, Wednesday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
Sponsored by Montgomery County Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force.



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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