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TCOE Committees

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Committee Chair Elder Erica McGowan


This committee supports the mechanisms used by TCOE for social connectedness including social media, website and other required communications.

Committee Chair Elder Towanda Brown


This committee focuses on different areas of engagement with the community and supporting the various needs of the community.

  • Advocacy 
    TCOE provides support to individuals and families for various support areas related to the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and Howard County. Guidance and direction regarding interpretation of the policies and procedures is provided. 

  • BSAP Partnership and Support
    TCOE works with the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) in multiple areas, including celebrations for recognizing the achievements of Black students. This committee is focusing on providing supports to the BSAP and additional partnership opportunities.  

  • Community Academy
    TCOE has always been involved in educating the community and has been in partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), HopeWorks of Howard County for discussions on healthy/unhealthy relationships and Making Change on financial management for students and families.  See the Events tab for information about the upcoming and past Community Academy sessions.

  • Health and Wellness
    This committee focuses on various topics that impact the health of the community.

  • TCOE Relationships and Partnerships
    TCOE has various partnerships, sponsorships and relationships with various organizations in the community to provide collective support.

  • Member Care
    This committee focuses on the care of all existing members of TCOE. 

Committee Chair Elder Earl Owens, Vice-Chair Elder Danielle Hilliard


This is the main committee of TCOE for:

  • Education. The celebrations of the achievements of Black student.  
    There are two celebrations supported by the organization:
    - Celebration of Achievement, which celebrates students achievements 3rd-8th grade
    - Celebration of Excellence, which supports seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above.  TCOE identifies Sankofa and Gloria Washington Wallace award winners at this celebration.

  • History and Culture 
    This committee focuses on providing educational supports about the African experience and participating in events that support the African experience.

Committee Chair Elder Tequila McDuffie, Vice-Chair Milscent Muchuchuti


This committee focuses on the financial health and management of TCOE.

Acting Committee Chair Elder Claudya Richardson, Acting Vice-Chair Elder Dwayne Thomas


This committee is responsible for recruiting new members across all membership categories and membership management within TCOE.

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, MD takes great pride in advocating for the positive growth and development of the Black Community through its activities, programs, and partnerships.

If you like what we do and you are able to volunteer your time and talents to support the mission, goals, and objectives of TCOE, support and attend our events and member meetings, and actively participate in leadership for the positive growth and development of the Black Community of Howard County and want to become part of our organization we welcome you to join us by becoming a member.

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