On the Diversity Beat in Montgomery County
Covering the multicultural community in Montgomery County has truly been an enlightening experience.
Here is the latest from the field:
- Upcoming stories this week: The Nighttime Economy Task Force subcommittees meet on July 23. I’ll also be looking into a new program today (July 22) called the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES). It’s a collaboration between Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove. I will be tweeting on location at both of these events. Follow me at TamikaNews.
- I recently met with members from the Office of Community Partnerships and discovered that Montgomery County is really making a concerted effort to reach various communities. The office has an interfaith, African American, Asian, African, Caribbean Community Liaisons. Look forward to learning more about this office in stories I have coming up.
- There are six multicultural advisory groups that helps to advise the county executive on issues pertaining to these communities. The advisory groups include: African American, Asian American, African, Caribbean, Latino, and Middle Eastern. The African community recently had a meeting at which I was invited to speak about my role however majority of these meetings don’t get started until the after August. The events will be listed on the MyMCMedia’s calendar.
- Ramadan is in full swing among Muslims in Montgomery County. I covered an Iftar that welcomed non-Muslin residents to observe the holiday. It’s a time to fast from food, physical needs during daylight hours and the Iftar—breaking the fast—can be shared with family and friends after sunset.