Events 4 Equity

The Events 4 Equity Calendar features diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) related events of interest to the Greater Des Moines region. Events featured on the calendar are informational, educational, or informative in nature or are addressing equity within our region. This calendar was created by input from Capital Crossroads leadership and the Social Capital, who have been and continue to be an integral part of diversity, equity, and inclusion related work in the community.   To build a more equitable and inclusive region, Social Capital created the 4 Equity tool to focus on and start having conversations around racial equity. View or download the tool for use in your business or organization.

To submit an event for consideration on the calendar, see the “Submit an Event” button below. If you have any questions regarding the events or calendar, please contact Britney Samuelson.

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Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival

Western Gateway Park 1205 Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival is the only two-day Latino Heritage festival in the state. The exclusive Sabor Latino event features everything, meaning there’s something for everyone during the action-packed weekend in Des Moines. The festival will feature art displays, food vendors, cultural booths, children's activities, and more! Latino Resources, Inc. is a non-profit entity that […]

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Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival

Western Gateway Park 1205 Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival is the only two-day Latino Heritage festival in the state. The exclusive Sabor Latino event features everything, meaning there’s something for everyone during the action-packed weekend in Des Moines. The festival will feature art displays, food vendors, cultural booths, children's activities, and more! Latino Resources, Inc. is a non-profit entity that […]

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CelebrAsian

Western Gateway Park 1205 Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Why pay for airfare when you can travel to Asia for free at CelebrAsian! Experience over a dozen Asian Villages where you can delight all five of your senses from the authentic asian food, educational activities, to live cultural entertainment! Each year the festival unites the different Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in […]

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CelebrAsian

Western Gateway Park 1205 Locust St, Des Moines, IA

Why pay for airfare when you can travel to Asia for free at CelebrAsian! Experience over a dozen Asian Villages where you can delight all five of your senses from the authentic asian food, educational activities, to live cultural entertainment! Each year the festival unites the different Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in […]

I Am Africa: Genesis Youth Foundation Annual Fundraising Event

Valley Community Center 4444 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA

What does it mean to be home? Home is a place of safety, acceptance, and community; a place where people are happy to see you. Home can also be a place you had to leave behind in order to find sanctuary and opportunity. Genesis Youth Foundation works to level the playing field for immigrant and […]

Community Circles & Conversations Series: 2021 Series

Online Virtual

Community Circles & Conversations are monthly convenings that seek to build trusting relationships and share knowledge and resources with the Central Iowa nonprofit sector. Featuring a mix of timely local topics and issues relevant to nonprofit professionals, participants will hear from leaders in the field and engage in breakout discussions with peers. Register here. Participants […]

Building a Disability Inclusive Workplace with Becky Curran Keukela

Online Virtual

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. People with disability make up 12.6% of the U.S. population and 11.8% of Iowa’s population. Iowa’s unemployment is at 3.9% but the unemployment rate of persons with disability is at 9.1%(Source: Iowa State Data Center). Research has proven that companies who prioritize inclusion of individuals with disabilities are […]

Untapped Talent: Persons with Disabilities Experiential Learning Session- Whose Fault?

Online Virtual

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. People with disability make up 12.6% of the U.S. population and 11.8% of Iowa’s population. Iowa’s unemployment is at 3.9% but the unemployment rate of persons with disability is at 9.1%(Source: Iowa State Data Center). Research has proven that companies who prioritize inclusion of individuals with disabilities are […]

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African Leadership Talk Series

Online Virtual

The African Service Providers of Central Iowa are pleased to present this monthly conversation series to address barriers facing African refugees and immigrants leading their communities in an impactful way. The purpose of these online events is for Central Iowa African Leaders to discuss and identify strategies and action plans with other leaders so we […]

Public Policy Issue Forum on Justice Reform

Online Virtual

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, along with Capital Crossroads and the Young Professionals Connection (YPC) will hold a series of public policy forums throughout 2021 to explore issues impacting DSM. Each forum will include a conversation of experts who will provide insights surrounding the policy implications of that priority issue. Register here. Zoom link will […]

Community Circles & Conversations Series: 2021 Series

Online Virtual

Community Circles & Conversations are monthly convenings that seek to build trusting relationships and share knowledge and resources with the Central Iowa nonprofit sector. Featuring a mix of timely local topics and issues relevant to nonprofit professionals, participants will hear from leaders in the field and engage in breakout discussions with peers. Register here. Participants […]

Advancing Women in Leadership

Online Virtual

Having a gender-diverse business not only increases companies’ financial possibilities, but also expands the skilled talent pool that employers have to search from. This event, led by Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and science communication specialist, will discuss the need for advancing women in leadership, how to advocate for more diversity from […]

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