We mourn the lives taken by senseless acts of mass shootings

and gun violence in California and elsewhere this past week.

Those we have lost include 11 lives in Monterey Park, CA: Valentino Marcos Alvero, Hongying Jian, Yu Lun Kao, Lilian Li, My Nhan, Ming Wei Ma, Diana Man Ling Tom, Muoi Dai Ung, Chia Ling Yau, Wen Tau Yu, and Xiujuan Yu.

And 7 more in Half Moon Bay, CA: Yetao Bing, Qizhong Cheng, Marciano Martinez Jimenez, Zhishen Liu, Jingzhi Lu, Aixiang Zhang, and one more victim not yet identified.

They should still be with us today.

Please join Bezil Taylor, our Community Engagement Specialist, and panelists for our second session in the 2022-2023 Community Conversation Series. Doors open at 6pm, and the conversation starts at 6:30pm at Main Street’s Poppy Boy’s Kitchen + Patio.

In the summer of 2020, racial unrest and protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd led to a violent backlash targeting communities of color.

Accompanying that backlash has been a steady stream of antisemitic rhetoric fueled by celebrities and elected politicians alike. Antisemitic tropes and the increased visibility of extremist viewpoints and conspiracist thinking have rattled the Jewish community and left many wondering where we go from here.

Join us for a community conversation about the steps we can take to root out hate where it lies latent, and how the work of two of our history's greatest allies during the civil rights era, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, can serve as a blueprint to unite communities experiencing hate and discrimination in an effort to dismantle the danger of white supremacist thinking. 

Download the flyer for more details

Join us for the conversation on January 30!

In-person attendance is encouraged; virtual option available.

Register Today

The Collaboration Council is delighted to partner with Wonders Professional Development Consortium on a special day of training for early educators who provide out-of-school (OST) time programming in MCPS spaces.

Topics will include anti-bias, equity, and trauma-informed care, as well as the importance of literacy in OST programming. 

The conference will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 8am to 4pm, at Montgomery College's Rockville Campus. 

Participants will be able to attend all three sessions and receive 6 MSDE-approved COK hours. Lunch will be provided. 

For more details, download the conference booklet.

Child care providers: REGISTER TODAY

Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration of the arrival of spring, also known in China as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. The holiday, which began on January 22 this year, is a special time to bring friends and family together for feasting and festivities.

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, the Koreas, Singapore, and Malaysia - and all over the world by people of Asian descent. Some holiday traditions are shared, while others are unique to each country's cultural identity. To learn more, see this overview and check out these free local events:

City of Rockville Lunar New Year Celebration

January 28, 10am-1pm

Thomas S. Wootton High School

More Info

Lunar New Year Celebration

Curated by the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center

January 29, 2-4pm

Westfield Montgomery Mall

More info

Black History

is American History

We invite you to learn about local events in Montgomery County that will honor and celebrate Black History Month.

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Welcome to our Collab Corner. Each month, we ask a few Collaboration Council staff members to share a little about their personal interests or pastimes - things they've been doing to relax, recharge, learn something new, or just have fun.


Program Manager, Public Health

Music has always been a great source of comfort for me because there is always a song that accurately captures the essence of how I’m feeling. “Eternal Light” by Free Nationals & Chronixx is frequently on repeat in my playlist. The melody transports me to a tranquil place and the lyrics are a friendly reminder to take joy in life’s simple pleasures.


Program Coordinator, Grants and Contracts

My need to cook lately was born out of a desire to nourish myself and others. In a fast food/fast living culture, cooking forces me to embrace more slow living because the process takes intentionality. My favorite recipe right now is a butternut squash black bean stew; it has onions, garlic, thyme, butternut squash, and black beans, seasoned with salt, smoked paprika, and cumin. It only takes 15 minutes which is incredible, given how delicious it is. Click here for the recipe.

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