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Faculty Spotlight: 10 Questions with Professor A.J. "Tito" Baca

President's Corner

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Miss the Town Hall Meeting? Watch on MCTV Channel 10!

Arts at MC

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Professor Amanda Miller: Woodcut Prints, On Display in the HT Building Atrium, Beginning Feb. 10

Need to Know

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Equity Review Information Sessions Scheduled

MC Books & More

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Students May Use Remaining Student Financial Aid at MC Books & More

MC Events

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Rockville Observatory Guest Night - Come Look at the Stars This Friday!

Wellness News

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Winter Olympics MC Wellness 360 Challenge

It's Academic

College/Campus News

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Spring Volunteer Fairs are Happening at All Three MC Campuses!

Campus Sports News

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The Athletic Department is Offering Physicals This Friday to Prospective Spring Athletes

MC By the Numbers

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Winter Session Enrollments Dip Slightly, but Student Success Continues to Grow


Library News

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Check Out the Redecorated Library at the Rockville Library Open House - Feb. 11

What's on MCTV?

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Watch the Raptors Basketball Teams Battle CCBC-Dundalk on MCTV10!

Video Feature

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Renaissance Scholars, Intellectually Challenged and Shown the World - Check Out the "County Report This Week"

Professional Development

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MC Faculty Roundtable Discussion: Teaching with the Library of Congress, Feb. 7

Equity and Diversity Office

Students Spend Winter Break Tackling Homelessness, Learning Skills to Be Change Makers

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Category: EDU - General (Inside MC staff use only)

Published: Feb 7 2014 12:28PM

The Office of Student Life and the Montgomery College Foundation supported 11 students and the Rockville Service-Learning Coordinator Nik Sushka in an Alternative Winter Break, January 9-12.

Alternative Breaks are week- and weekend-long service-learning trips that help students learn about social issues through direct service, issue education, and reflection. Students apply to participate, meet prior to the trip for education and training, and share what they learn after returning through group presentations and re-orientation projects.

Reflection leaders Tafya Nailatika and James Huang joined fellow students from across the college to explore root causes of homelessness with the Steinbruck Center for Urban Studies in Washington, D.C. and provide emergency services to men and women experiencing extreme poverty in the region.

Writes participant Dre' Todd about his experience: "I grew up with little access to resources or opportunity in Southeast Washington DC, before moving to PG County, and then finally Montgomery County. The tough reality of my upbringing has always motivated and inspired me to want to create change. I now believe I have access to resources that can help me to do this."

"I think the most important goal of this program, and the goal of everyone involved is to affect what people think and believe in regards to homelessness and what perpetuates the epidemic. Once the image of homelessness and poverty are shaken up, and removed from an exclusively negative context, everyone will be able to have a dialogue on how to fix these problems across America."

Read all of Dre's post-trip reflection here:

Want to support the Alternative Breaks Program?

We're recruiting faculty and staff to participate:

Save the date for the February 14 Flower Sale Fundraiser for Alternative Spring Break: Coping with Disaster in Tuscaloosa, AL.

To learn more, contact Nik Sushka at or Kris Borcherding at

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