The Institute for Race, Justice and Community has been a labor of love for Dr. Vincent Intondi, opening its doors to college students throughout the Washington, D.C. area after five years of persistence.
“After this last election, I’ve never had so many students in my office shaking and crying with just no hope and no idea what to do,” said Dr. Vincent Intondi, Associate Professor of History. “I said, ‘We need to create a center where these students can come together.’”
Sitting on the edge of Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, the center is comprised of three rooms: a casual space for research and academic advising, a food and clothing pantry to address the school’s homeless population and a room for presentations.
The implementation of the institute was free.
Previously, it was an abandoned floor, and now, its newer features, like the wall work and computers, have been donated.
The center is still very much in the works, as new equipment, books and ideas continue to roll in.
But there is one constant, and that is Dr. Intondi’s goal to inspire students.
“Every student that comes through here, the first question I ask them is, ‘What is your dream job?’” Dr. Intondi said. “’Now, let’s make that happen.'”
“I think it’s a great place for me and a lot of other young people to come in and access a lot of information that we wouldn’t know how to reach,” said Patty Pablo, a Montgomery College student who organized a protest against white supremacy.
Dr. Intondi hopes to carry the social justice center to Montgomery College’s other campuses as well.