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.

Black Stories at the Des Moines Art Center

Des Moines Art Center 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

Black Stories presents the artwork by Black artists in the Art Center’s permanent collections, and aims to connect and partner with the community in the process. Two artists, Mitchell Squire and Jordan Weber, co-curated the exhibition component of the project. A group of Black community leaders forms an advisory committee to direct our work. This collaborative […]

21-Day Equity Challenge

Online Virtual

Join thousands of central Iowans uniting to learn and grow together. The 21-Day Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. 100% FREE to participate Receive an email every weekday Oct. 5 - Nov. 2 with links to recommended articles, videos, podcasts, and […]

2020 Refugee Summit: Getting Through COVID-19 Together

Online Virtual

This year’s summit will offer community partners tools and resources to better serve our refugee communities as we navigate our way through COVID-19. RACI is hosting a series of webinars that have been developed from specific input and feedback from our refugee community leaders. They will focus on 5 sectors: Education Employment Health Housing Mental […]

Street Collective Transportation Equity Panel

Online Virtual

The Transportation Equity Panel is a conversation on transportation equity within the city of Des Moines and how transportation plays an integral role in systemic racism. Even as active transportation such as biking, walking, and transit grows in the United States, transportation equity is a topic advocates, transportation planners and lawmakers are not consistently addressing. […]

Conversations in Color Series – Moment to a Movement

Online Virtual

During this session of Conversation in Color, Kimberly Davis will discuss the unrelenting commitment that is required of bold and courageous leaders to transform this “Moment to a Movement”, and to turn the emotion of the past 7 months into ACTION! We’ve all been forced to confront the levels and issues of racism, and in […]

Spark Stories at the Des Moines Public Library with Renee Hardman

Online Virtual

Join us on Facebook for the premier of Renee Hardman's spark story.  You'll hear the “spark story” that motivated her to make the Des Moines Metro a better place to live. In 2017 Renee made history when she was elected as the first African American woman to the West Des Moines City Council in its 127 […]

Exploring Racism in America

A series of lectures presented by Drake Law faculty and alumni which examine certain policies and practices perpetuating racial inequities. Note, all lectures are from 1pm to 2pm CST and are free to attend. September 4 - Unbiased Policing and Anti-Racial Profiling Legislation, Russell Lovell and David Walker September 11 - Over-Representation of Minority Children in the Child […]

Free

Addressing Implicit Bias in Organizational Structures

Online Virtual

This webinar is hosted by National Council for Behavioral Health Research shows that African Americans, Latinos and other historically marginalized communities, continue to face disproportionate challenges within organizational processes and practices, from hiring practices, to supervision and evaluation. These processes have been proven to be impacted by the systemic inequity within the policies themselves, as well […]

2020 Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities

Online Virtual

Now in its 8th year, the Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities continues to address racial disproportionality in Iowa’s criminal justice system and other disparities. Join us October 29, 2020. The 2020 summit will offer a greater opportunity to address issues like the school to prison pipeline, Advocacy in 2020,  Ban the Box – fair […]

Exploring Racism in America

A series of lectures presented by Drake Law faculty and alumni which examine certain policies and practices perpetuating racial inequities. Note, all lectures are from 1pm to 2pm CST and are free to attend. September 4 - Unbiased Policing and Anti-Racial Profiling Legislation, Russell Lovell and David Walker September 11 - Over-Representation of Minority Children in the Child […]

Free

2020 Virtual LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit

Online Virtual

Welcome to the 2020 Virtual LGBTQ Workplace Culture Summit! The virtual format of this annual event consists of four individual sessions. A diverse group of presenters will provide resources for employers and LGBTQ employees to cultivate safe and inclusive workplaces. Employers will learn more about the LGBTQ community, how to make more inclusive policies, and retain […]

Exploring Racism in America

A series of lectures presented by Drake Law faculty and alumni which examine certain policies and practices perpetuating racial inequities. Note, all lectures are from 1pm to 2pm CST and are free to attend. September 4 - Unbiased Policing and Anti-Racial Profiling Legislation, Russell Lovell and David Walker September 11 - Over-Representation of Minority Children in the Child […]

Free
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