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.

Tapping Immigrant Talent

June is Immigrant Heritage Month. A recent article in the Des Moines Register highlighted that Des Moines has attracted more immigrants than any other Heartland city, increasing its foreign-born population by 50%, which is second-highest in the nation. Immigrants have been a vital part of our community, contributing tremendously to the economic and cultural vitality. […]

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 […]

Greater DSM Partnership and Pro Iowa Multicultural Reception

Jamie Hurd Amphitheater 4100 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is partnering with Pro Iowa to host the first Multicultural Reception in nearly 17 months. The event will take place at the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater and in conjunction with a Des Moines Menace Game at Valley Stadium. Attendees will learn about the efforts to transform the Dico Superfund Site Downtown […]

Monthly Luncheon – Central Iowa Water Trails – The Greatest Untapped Potential for our Community

Embassy Suites Downtown 101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines

The FuseDSM Monthly Luncheon will typically be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month, however, there may be a change to the date or location occasionally as schedules change throughout the year. Each month the Chamber invites a dynamic speaker to provide timely information affecting our community, insight on issues concerning the community, or […]

Multicultural Music Festival

401 Railroad Pl 401 Railroad Pl, West Des Moines

Taste of the Junction Music Fest is Back! Save the Date Baby! Headliners!!!! Tony Valdez Large Band & Sumpin Doo It's Going Down...a Community Festival in the Junction! We're going to have a funky good time! Stop by the Historic Valley Junction District Labor Day Weekend. Get a "Taste" of the People Culture & Cuisine […]

Family Concert Featuring Terrance Simien & Disney’s The Princess and the Frog

Jamie Hurd Amphitheater 4100 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines

Join Urban Dreams and Des Moines Performing Arts for some fun and to celebrate the diversity of our community with authentic multicultural roots music for the entire family from two time GRAMMY award winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. For 38 years, two-time Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien and 8th generation Louisiana Creole […]

Recurring

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 […]

Family Concert Featuring Terrance Simien & Disney’s The Princess And The Frog

Prairie Meadows Riverview at Park Riviera Ampitheater 710 Corning Ave, Des Moines

Join Urban Dreams and Des Moines Performing Arts for some fun and to celebrate the diversity of our community with authentic multicultural roots music for the entire family from two time GRAMMY award winning Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. For 38 years, two-time Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien and 8th generation Louisiana Creole […]

Beginning Your DEI Journey Session 2: Understanding the Basics

Online Virtual

As more companies begin to start diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs and individuals seek to become more involved in DEI issues, “Where do I start?” is often a common question. DEI topics are complex and learning about them requires intentionality. A growing number of organizations and individuals are seeking to start DEI programs and […]

Stories to Tell My Daughter

Grandview Univerisity- Viking Theater 2811 East 14th Street, Des Moines

A storytelling experience that centers the lived experiences of African American women and women of color. Purchase your ticket here.

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