Civility in Action: Dialogues across Difference
Please join Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard for the second in a series of conversations focused on building civility across difference.
Photo of Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger speaking
Chief J. Thomas Manger
Rockville Campus
Theatre Arts Arena
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Free parking. Click here for directions.
Thursday, March 9 7 p.m.
Chief J. Thomas Manger
President, Major Cities Chiefs Association
As Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, since 2004, Chief Manger leads a department of 1,252 sworn police officers and 669 civilian members. The diversity of Montgomery County, with nearly 1.1 million residents, has grown continually since 2010. With a special commitment to expanding community policing, Chief Manger has been credited with successfully leading law enforcement officials in how to engage with residents who are different from themselves in race, age, language, gender, and immigration status. His commitment to the highest ethical standards for policing and his enactment of new policies to increase departmental accountability have earned him significant recognition from the community. He continues to affirm that Montgomery County will maintain its policy of not asking people about their immigration status.

Future dialogues: March 30 and May 8. Click here to view the complete series.
About the Series
Civil discourse is a practice that strengthens society because it opens lines of contact and communication, and builds relationships. In the wake of a year marked by public incivility in politics, strained relationships in law enforcement, and violence that has planted suspicion across difference, more than ever our communities need to build bridges of understanding. A series of conversations led by MC President DeRionne Pollard will attempt to do that. The series will invite several experts in their fields to provoke dialogue that is inclusive, intelligent, and civil. By welcoming community members, students, faculty, staff, and elected officials, we invite all interested participants to join our engagement efforts to challenge misperceptions, interrogate contradictions, and explore solutions to community problems that respect all parties.
For information, call the President’s Office at 240-567-5267 or visit
Attendance at one or more of these events meets multicultural and diversity training criteria for Montgomery College staff.
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Special thanks to our co-sponsors:
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GGCC (Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Inc. logo) Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Inc. The Universities at Shady Grove (logo)
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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Since 1920 – Scholarship • Service • Sisterhood • Finer Womanhood (logo) Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Leadership Montgomery (logo)
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