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 Emily Kessinger.

Greater DSM Partnership: LGBTQ Inclusion

Online Virtual

When LGBTQ individuals are able to bring their true authentic selves to the workplace, they are more productive, have greater job satisfaction and commitment and stay in those jobs longer. It is important to be intentional and well versed with language, policies and strategies for LGBTQ inclusion. Join our LGBTQ Inclusion 101 session, presented by […]

The Road to Justice Documentary- By Andre Robert Lee

4100 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Join the Iowa Juneteenth Observation for a showing of Andre Robert Lee's documentary: The Road to Justice! André Robert Lee is a filmmaker, keynote speaker, consultant, writer, and educator. He directed and produced The Prep School Negro, and also served as producer on the documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I? His latest film, Virtually Free, is […]

Juneteenth/Black Art Exhibit

Mainframe Studios 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines

Urban City Magazine is back with a Juneteenth Black Art Exhibit and Celebration. Partnering with Mainframe Studios ArtWeek Kick Off event - first floor will be dedicated to Juneteenth festivities that include exhibits, vendors, music, food, drink and community. Free and open to the public! We look forward to seeing you!

Iowa Juneteenth 2021 Neighbors Day

Western Gateway Park 1205 Locust St, Des Moines

This year Iowa Juneteenth is pleased to bring you what will be the largest Juneteenth celebration ever put on in the state of Iowa. Multiple stages, vendors, and more hit the stage in beautiful downtown Des Moines to celebrate our culture. June 19th At Western Gateway Park A Days of Music, Art, History, Health & […]

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 […]

Capital City Pride StoryTelling presented by EMC in partnership with Athene

Teehee's Comedy Club 1433 Walnut St,, Des Moines

At the heart of everything, what people care about is a great story. This event focuses on intimacy and authenticity, it promotes individuals to unlock meaningful, memorable stories to connect people of the Des Moines Metro with the LGBTQ+ community, our mission and vision. When people share stories, they feel more connected and more willing […]

Greater DSM Partnership: Feed Your Mind – Diversity Equity & Inclusion: Make it More Than a Box Check

Atlanic Coco-Cola Bottling Company 3600 Army Post Rd, Des Moines

According to LinkedIn data released in September 2020 there has been a 71% increase worldwide in all Diversity & Inclusion roles over the last 5 years and with awareness of inequities in society at what seems to be an all time high it’s safe to say that percentage will keep climbing. The U.S. is leading […]

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 […]

12th Annual One Iowa Virtual Gala

Join us as we celebrate 12 years of marriage equality at the 12th annual One Iowa Virtual Gala on Thursday, August 5th! We are excited to lift spirits and come together for our biggest fundraiser of the year! So far in 2021, we successfully killed 15 anti-LGBTQ bills in the Iowa Statehouse, trained over 200+ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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