Prince George’s County Executive, Alsobrooks Announces Formation Of The County Office of Multicultural Affairs

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks

LARGO, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has formerly announced of the establishment of the Prince George’s County Office of Multicultural Affairs, fulfilling a key priority of her administration.

Mr. Samuel Iwu joined the Administration as the director of the new office on October 12, 2021.

Prince George’s County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland, bordering the eastern portion of Washington, D.C. with the population of over 863,420, making it the second-most populous county in Maryland, behind Montgomery

“We are so proud to establish our Office of Multicultural Affairs and are excited about the appointment of Mr. Samuel Iwu as the Director,” said Alsobrooks. “Prince George’s County is home to a very large immigrant community, and we recognize the importance of addressing the distinct needs of this community. One of our top priorities since day one has been bringing the County Government directly to the diverse communities that we serve, and this is another way we are delivering on that promise for our residents.”

Director Iwu comes to the Office of Multicultural Affairs with extensive management experience in business development, public administration, medical informatics systems, commodities, and support operations. He previously worked as Senior Advisor at Watts Partners in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for advising the team on policy and strategic partnerships with African countries and the Middle East.

Mr. Samuel Iwu, Director

Director Iwu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biopsychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He has attained multiple post-graduate certifications and trainings, including Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Biomedical Informatics as a National Library of Medicine Fellow.

“The story of America is not complete without the different stories of different immigrant communities,” said Director Iwu. “The Office of Multicultural Affairs was set up to accentuate the rich diversity that is Prince George’s County and to bring the government closer to the immigrant community that gives the County its rich tapestry.”

The goal of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to ensure that the County is doing targeted outreach in immigrant communities to connect them with government services and address their concerns. This office also includes the County’s Latino Affairs Liaison and African Diaspora Liaison.

C. Vincent Iweanoge, Chairman of the African Diaspora Board holding the proclamation certificate; Credit: Luova Concept

The Office of Multicultural Affairs was formed through a commitment to funding the new office in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget. County Executive Alsobrooks included funding for the new office in her FY 2022 budget proposed last spring, which was then included in the approved FY 2022 budget passed by the Prince George’s County Council.

Since the formation of the office, Director Iwu and his team have already supported various County efforts including the November 2 Job and Resource Fair, the upcoming Stuff-a-Truck holiday food distribution, and COVID-19 vaccination efforts. They are currently planning various community outreach programs targeting the Latino, African, Caribbean, Asian/Indian, Middle Eastern and other immigrant communities in Prince George’s County.

The African Diaspora Advisory Board Chairman, C. Vincent Iweanoge, on behalf of his board, said “this is a dream come through and a true example of promise made, promise kept by the Honorable County Executive.  We worked tirelessly with the county executive to bring this to fruition and it’s a great moment for the immigrants in the richest black county in America. We now have a leader who cares about”.

We couldn’t reach the Latino community at the time of this interview.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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