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Diversity in Rockville
Rockville prides itself on its hometown appeal as a city of diverse neighborhoods. As one of the most diverse cities in the United States, the Mayor and Council have identified increasing the city’s proactive outreach to diverse populations as one of their priority initiatives. To that end, the Mayor and Council regularly engage community members in exploring ways to continue building a community that thrives on inclusion.

In February 2016, the Mayor and Council invited residents to the first town hall meeting to open the dialogue on how to make the community a more inclusive place to live and work. Our initial meeting welcomed over 150 residents and we hope to continue and grow participation throughout Rockville.

Based on our discussion, together we decided on four priorities for the city: 

  1. Boost Diversity. Build a more inclusive and diverse community.
  2. Keep Talking. Encourage discussion in the community about diversity.
  3. Build Awareness. Make it easier for people to discover Rockville’s services, resources and events. 
  4. Listen to All. Include younger voices in the conversation

We will continue to host town hall meetings to monitor and expand our ongoing efforts and invite all community members to join the conversation.

Interested in hearing more about the February town hall meeting? Watch the full town hall meeting to stay up-to-date on the full discussion.



UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Attend a full-day course on how to improve safety and preparedness in the LGBTQ community. Rockville’s police lead an insightful curriculum covering patrol procedures, domestic violence, transgender policies and emergency preparedness. The course is designed to respond to community interests. If you’d like to learn about other topics, submit requests to Sgt. Jan Seilhamer.


Register
Contact Sgt. Jan Seilhamer at or 240-314-8978.




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OUR PROGRESS


Fostering Community Trust
Mayor and Council enacts new ordinance

To protect human rights in Rockville, the Mayor and Council voted to enact an ordinance that restricts city employees and police from requesting citizenship or immigration status of any person unless required by law.

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Rockville Pride
Celebrating our LGBTQ Community

On June 24, the city hosted a lively event full of performers, poetry and interactive exercises designed to inspire, empower and strengthen our LGBTQ community.

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World’s Flags
Colorful display of International UN Flags

One-hundred and ninety three flags from United Nation countries can be found throughout Rockville’s Town Center.

Learn more