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.

Conversations in Color Series – Looking Back to Look Ahead…Reflections on Race in America

Online Virtual

Dr. Michael McAfee, President and CEO- PolicyLink will join us on February 25 at 1:00 p.m. February is African-American History Month and the focus of Dr. McAfee’s presentation will be Looking Back to Look Ahead…Reflections on Race and Equity. Using an historical lens the conversation will be centered on racial and economic equity, systems change […]

Urban City Magazine – Black Art Exhibit at Mainframe

Mainframe Studios 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines

To celebrate Black History Month, Urban City Magazine is hosting a free Black art exhibit at Des Moines' Mainframe Studios from 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Proceeds from the event at 900 Keosauqua Way will go directly to the artists, said Thressy Jones, the magazine's editor and business administrator.

nature of the dream

Online Virtual

nature of the dream is a devised film directed by Miriam Randolph and produced by Two Steps to the Left productions with production assistance from The Playhouse. It explores Black identity in Iowa based on testimonies and personal stories explored by the cast and crew. The film will debut at 7:00 PM, Thursday, Feb. 25, […]

Urban City Magazine – Black Art Exhibit at Mainframe

Merle Hay Mall 3800 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines

Urban City Magazine is sponsoring a flea market from noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday by the children's playground at Merle Hay Mall, with 20 local vendors and small businesses. "Please find a Black-owned business you can support daily, weekly, or monthly and build from this," said magazine founder Howell Dixon. "The flea gives consumers options, and each […]

Open Book Storytelling at Drake University

Online Virtual

Open Book is a community project that creates connections and builds social cohesion through story sharing where People are “Books” and You are a “Reader.” Join us for a special college edition, where first-year students from diverse backgrounds share their personal experiences and defining moments. The Open Book story-sharing format sets aside debates and agendas. […]

Iowa History Month: Inkpaduta in Iowa: Dakota Decline, Dispossession, and Erasure

Online Virtual

Join Kevin Mason, Waldorf University professor, as he discusses the changing physical environment of Iowa in the 1850s, how the worst winter on record in northwestern Iowa led to escalating tensions between settler populations and Indigenous peoples in 1856-57, and what Inkpaduta’s attack on Spirit Lake means today.

Celebrate! Innovation (ciLive! 12)

Online Virtual

ciLive! 12 will be held virtually March 10-11 ciLive! at DMACC is celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2021. This year’s event theme is “Amplified” and features nine inspiring speakers from a variety of fields. Speaker presentations will be livestreamed and free for viewers to enjoy via YouTube, Facebook Live and through the free e360TV app […]

The Golden Ticket: Accessing Financial Aid for Refugee Youth and Adults

Online Virtual

★ What will this webinar cover? For many refugee youth and adults, accessing financial aid determines whether or not they will be able to pursue their postsecondary academic goals. While supporting clients in applying for federal financial aid can be a daunting task, having a strong understanding of the policies and processes can make it […]

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 […]

Tayari Jones, Author of “An American Marriage” – Presented by the Des Moines Public Library’s AViD

Online Virtual

Over the course of her award-winning career, Tayari Jones’s novels and essays have explored the vagaries of birth and fate, the bitterness of injustice, and the persistent power of love. New York Times best-selling author, Tayari Jones, is the author of four novels, most recently “An American Marriage.” Published in 2018, An American Marriage is […]