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Global Nexus

Building a Culture of Respect: Promoting Global Awareness Through Diversity, Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Understanding



We are a diverse group of Montgomery College’s community, with a mission of enriching minds, engaging hearts and transforming communities in building awareness of global diversity and inclusion to strengthen our understanding and connection to all diverse communities through education, partnerships, advocacy and service.


You are cordially invited to join us:
The 3rd Annual Global Nexus 2019 INTERFAITH CONVERSATION and Iftar Ramadan.

2019 Interfaith ConversationWednesday, May, 22   6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Cultural Arts Center (CU)
7995 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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The Intersection of International Issues and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Cross Cultural Event

Thursday, March 21 • 2–3:15 p.m.

Montgomery College Rockville Campus
Theatre Arts Arena
51 Mannakee Street

Please join us:

Global Nexus: A Panel Discussion on the Intersection of International Issues and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Date: March 21, 2:00-3:15pm
Location: Theatre Arts Arena, Rockville campus, Montgomery College

This program is made possible by a Title VI grant from the United States Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center of the Middle East at Georgetown University, and by support from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown.

Today’s global challenges are some of the toughest we have ever faced. Populism, authoritarianism, climate change, cyberattacks, automation, and migration due to conflict are complex issues challenging people and their governments. Educated citizen leaders need nuanced perspectives and stakeholder- driven solutions. The Georgetown panel and open discussion will touch on such trends and approaches to thinking about and acting upon these complex problems. Among the approaches represented are diplomacy and international development, issues of gender, violence and conflict, and the complexities and richness of national identities around food production, consumption and cuisine. Global Nexus and Georgetown University invites MC students, faculty and the public to participate in this stimulating and thought-provoking afternoon event.


  • Anny Gaul is a PhD candidate in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, where she is completing her dissertation on the history of the urban home kitchen in modern North Africa.
  • Marya Hanun is a doctoral candidate in Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.
  • Kalif Robinson is a 2017 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow at Georgetown University.

Facilitated by:

  • Susan Douglass, Ph.D., K-14 Education Outreach Coordinator at Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
  • Enas Elhanafi, M.S.Ed, Associate Director of Community Engagement, and Director, Global Nexus Program, Montgomery College

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This event is free and open to the public.

MC faculty and staff: This event satisfies the multicultural and diversity training requirement. Certificates of Attendance will be available at the event.

Signing up for the event is preferred.


Questions or RSVP to bring a class, contact

2018-2019 Student and Alumni Colloquium

Building a Culture of Respect: Promoting Global Awareness through Diversity, Inclusion, and Cross-Cultural Understanding

Please join us in celebrating the Global Nexus Colloquium, showcasing original research and presentations by MC students and alumni.

Presenters will showcase their work exploring various multicultural topics: language, culture, and/or history relating to the theme. Projects presented may be written works (nonfiction, fiction, poetry), artwork, song, and/or video.

Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to the event.

Join Us
Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Rockville Campus, Science Center (SC) 151-152
Refreshments will be served. RSVP is required.


This event is free and open to the public.

MC faculty and staff: this event satisfies the multicultural and diversity training requirement.
Certificates of Attendance will be available at the event.




Colloquium 2018-2019Please join us as we celebrate our students' and Alumni's outstanding work on February 26 at 1:30 p.m. at the Rockville Campus, SC152.

Come out to support this year's participants and help them celebrate their success!

Annual Student and Alumni Colloquium
February 26, 2019 * 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Montgomery College- Rockville Campus, Science Center Building, Room 152

Questions, or RSVP to bring a class? Contact Enas Elhanafi, at


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Paid Internship for the next Muslim trailblazer on Capitol Hill

- Application Deadline January 28, 2019

The Congressional Leadership Development Program is offering a paid summer internship with a member of Congress on Capitol Hill.

They are looking for these specific qualities: "passionate, driven Muslims looking to enter public service, run for office, work on Capitol Hill, start non-profits, or become civic leaders."

The program offers:

  • A paid summer internship with a member of Congress on Capitol Hill
  • Training in public speaking
  • An understanding of the legislative process from the inside

To learn more, watch the video on the Congressional Leadership Development Program website.

Fill out an application by January 28, 2019.

Call for Submissions 2018-2019





8 Ways to Support the Global Nexus Program to increase Student Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement

The Global Nexus Program seeks Montgomery College’s community support (Faculty, Staff and students) to enhancing student success outcomes through contributing to any of the following:

  • Get involved and be part of the planning committee, we need to hear from you!
  • Share the Colloquium information with current and formal students/Alumni
  • Increase students’ participation and engagement by motivation and encouragement
  • Offer your expertise
  • Be a mentor to a student participant
  • Serve as a member on the Review Committee to evaluate and provide feedback form participants. It is a wonderful Professional Development opportunity!
  • Provide your input, suggestions and feedback on proposed co-curricular activities that would support your classroom’s teaching and learning outcomes. We will be delighted to brainstorm and collaborate on developing engaged learning opportunities
  • Engage with us through communications, social media, students’ participation in Global Nexus activities and projects.

Fact: Faculty-student communication about various opportunities is so imperative and instrumental strategy for increasing student participation, engagement, and achievement! Nearly 60% of last year’s Colloquium applicants have heard only from their faculty members about such an opportunity! Your effort in sharing the information with students will be greatly appreciated!!

 The Salvadoran American Festival returns to the Rockville Campus Aug. 5
The 9th Annual Salvadoran American Festival will take place on August 5, 2018, on the Rockville campus. The event is organized by the nonprofit group COTSA (Salvadoran American Transnational Communities). For more information, visit COTSA's website.

Interfaith Conversation MC's Second Annual Community Engagement and Interfaith Conversation Welcomes Nearly 200 Community Members!
Information about the program, speakers, handouts and more 
For questions? Contact Director, Enas Elhanafi at

 REPORT: Underreported, Under Threat: Hate Crime in the United States and the Targeting of Arab Americans 1991-2016
“In a period of increased xenophobia, racism, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment, we cannot afford to overlook the importance of improving our response to hate crime.” ~Arab American Institute

The report consists of three parts. Part One provides important context to the nature of targeted violence against Arab Americans. Part Two features a compelling selection of case studies that demonstrate the nature of anti-Arab hate crime, the harms inflicted on individuals and communities, and the limitations of existing laws, policies, and their irregular enforcement to address those harms. Part Three retraces the history of hate crime reporting and data collection within the context of targeted violence against Arab Americans, and features analysis into anti-Arab hate crime data published at the state and federal level between 1991 and 2016.


More information about the Arab American Institute

Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming event on May 23. Registration is FULL for this event! However, if you wish to be on the waiting list, please RSVP to the waiting list on this link:

If a space/ticket becomes available, you will be contacted automatically with further instructions on how to obtain your ticket/RSVP.

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Ramadan-Interfaith-Dinner-Flyer-May-23-2018On the road to building trust, civility and action, please join us for this community engagement and interfaith conversation, sponsored by Montgomery College's Global Nexus Program and the Office of Advancement and Community Engagement.

Moving Beyond Labels in a Diverse Society:
Recognizing Unconscious Bias and Fostering Understanding for a More Resilient Community

Ramadan Iftar Dinner will follow the discussion
(Breaking Fast at Sunset)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
Germantown Campus, Bioscience Education Center, Rooms 151-152

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, RSVP is strongly recommended by Friday, May18.

The complete list of 2018 speakers will be posted soon.

Please share with students and your community network!

Questions and/or to request special accommodations, contact Enas Elhanafi at

March 9 2018Join us to the upcoming Global Nexus meeting to learn more
about the Program and to provide your valuable insights on upcoming activities.

Come and be a part of the planning session for the Global Nexus Program.

Bring your ideas and enthusiasm to a planning meeting on
Friday, March 9, 2018
11:30 a.m.– 1p.m.
Science Center, Room SC400
Rockville Campus


Egypt Dance TroupeEgypt National Folkloric Troupe (FREE CONCERT!)
Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7 PM
(Doors open at 6:15 PM)
Location: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts: 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland

The National Folkloric Troupe dancers and musicians will perform traditional dances from throughout various regions of Egypt. The Troupe, founded by Egypt's Ministry of Culture in 1963, has performed in many countries throughout the world with dances inspired by Egypt's rich cultural traditions.
Questions? Call: 301-805-6880


Student Colloquium Flyer 2017 Student and Alumni Colloquium - CALL FOR PROJECTS AND PAPERS!

Submission deadline is on this Friday, October 27

Colloquium Guidelines




Native Heritage 2017 Global Nexus Events In Commemoration of Native American Heritage Month at Montgomery College



Mental Health 2017 flyerMental Health Fair and Suicide Prevention Tour at Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus on Tuesday, October 31





Humanities Days 2017Humanities Days Kickoff Event, Oct. 23: "El Salvador: Home and Belonging"


Islam FAQFrequently Asked Questions about Islam

Wednesday September 27, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rockville Campus


The Sultan And The SaintThe Sultan And The Saint

October 3rd, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Rockville Campus



2017 Colloquium2017 Student and Alumni Colloquium CALL FOR PROJECTS AND PAPERS

Submissions Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017




SQCC Research Fellowship 20182018 Research Fellowship Program, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center – Application deadline: September 17, 2017.

SQCC Research Fellowship Program aims to promote and cultivate scholarly research about Oman across several academic disciplines. The fellowship is open to PhD candidates and university academics who are US citizens or affiliated with an American university, and funds one scholar or team of scholars to carry out research in Oman each year. The fellowship awards up to $51,000 for the fellow or team of fellows.

Globe HallSave the Date! Fall 2017 Data Summit Is Aug. 23, Germantown Campus

Montgomery College Achieving the Dream Initiative presents the: FALL 2017 DATA SUMMIT: Understanding our History to Get to our Future: Student Completion. Register through MC Learns: "Data Summit Fall 2017"

DC Film FestivalDC South Asian Film Festival Sept. 8-10 at the Rockville Campus

The 6th Annual Washington DC South Asian Film Festival will take place on September 8-10 at Montgomery College-Rockville. The DC South Asian Film Festival is presented by the DC South Asian Arts Council, Inc. in Partnership with Montgomery College. For more information, visit

Check out the Commemoration Events on the County and Statewide level

Rockville Pride June 24 • 4-6 p.m.

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


Facing Racism in a Diverse SocietyJoin Us on June 6th for an Interfaith Conversation and Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Facing Racism in a Diverse Society: Examining Our Unconscious Bias and its Impact on Equity and Inclusion.

ConfluenceJune 23 Deadline to submit proposals for September Confluence Translation Conference

The Confluence Translation Conference returns to the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus of Montgomery College on September 23, 2017!

2017 Spring Program2017 Spring Program

The College celebrates Arab American Heritage Month with a dynamic calendar of events throughout the month of April every year. We welcome this opportunity to honor the Arab Americans; students, staff, and faculty, and their contributions to our community.




May Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthMay Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. It is a chance to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture.

Mark Your Calendars! Collegewide Spring Closing Meeting Celebration May 17
Join Us for "Words Matter: They Frame Our World" April 21- May 1 at Germantown Campus
Film Screening "Cities of Lights: The Rise And Fall of Islamic Spain," Thursday, April 27, Rockville Campus.
Celebrate Poetry Month April 26 on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
A Journey to the Middle East: MC-Rockville, Room 316 in Science West Today at 4 p.m.

All for Alleppo - MC Students, Faculty, and Staff Help Local Group Raise $11,796 for Syrian Refugees

On February 15, over 80 members of the MC community turned out to support All for Aleppo a regional comedy series produced by Comic Rahmein Mostafavi to benefit the suffering in Syria.

MC's planning team and attendees raised $1,741 for Doctors Without Borders, the largest single collection of the 11 shows promoting the cause. In total, the shows raised $11,796.

Co-Sponsors for the MC event included:
MC Lifesavers, a student-led service-learning initiative
The Integrative Learning Integrative Learning and High Impact Practices Committee
Student Life's Service-Learning Program, Peace & Justice Studies Program and MC Global Nexus Program


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