Rockville, MD Human Rights Commission Hosts Diversity Leadership Workshop

Students completing the workshop
Students completing the workshop

The City of Rockville, Maryland Human Rights Commission hosted its annual Diversity Leadership  on Saturday, March 29, 2014.   20 students from Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Montgomery Blair and Wootton high schools and Montgomery College participated in activities that raised their awareness of broad notions of diversity and helped them develop skills they might use in reaching out to fellow students.  They engaged in role-playing (including Forum Theatre) which demonstrated intolerance as well as illustrated positive approaches to engaging and supporting students with differences.  A major emphasis of the program was preparing them to act as allies with their fellow students. Many of the activities were facilitated by students who attended the workshop the previous year.

Building our "diversity person"
Building our “diversity person”
Asian American stereotypes
Asian American stereotypes

The program was organized by David J. Smith, chair of the commission, and Janet Kelly, city liaison.   If you have more questions, contact






Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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