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.

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 […]

Des Moines BLM Winter Clothing Drive

Urban Dreams 601 Forest Avenue, Des Moines

Des Moines BLM is accepting new or gently-used warm winter clothing donations. Dropoff at Urban Dreams (use entrance on 6th Ave.) on Friday, October 3o between 10am and 4pm. For more info, visit the link here.

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

Greater Des Moines 8th Annual Inclusion Summit: Rising to the Equity Challenge

Online Virtual

The 8th Annual Inclusion Summit this will be via Zoom on Tuesday, Nov. 10. This year's summit is a collaboration with United Way of Central Iowa to wrap up the 21-Day Equity Challenge. The event's theme is "Rising to the Equity Challenge" which aims to cultivate a community conversation about actively making diversity, equity and […]

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

The Indians of Iowa

Online Virtual

This Native American Heritage Month, join us in the virtual discussion about Iowa’s indigenous communities, their history, current reality, and how we can and must elevate their voices. RSVP at the link here.  We will hear from: Lance M. Foster (Irogre: Finds What is Sought, Bear Clan), b. 1960 is a member of the Iowa […]

2020 Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit

Online Virtual

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit’s mission is to bring businesses of diverse backgrounds together to share, learn, and celebrate the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and contribution to the overall community. Schedule 9:00 am – Opening Ceremony 10:00 am – Breakout Session I 11:00 am – Breakout Session II 12:00 pm – Lunch break / Networking 1:00 pm – Underwriting […]

Iowa History 101: Iowa’s Native Nations

Online Virtual

Join Lance Foster, Vice Chairman of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, as he discusses the Native Nations and Peoples, such as the Iowa (Baxoje), who inhabited the land that would become Iowa. Foster is the author of “The Indians of Iowa” from the University Iowa Press.

MLK Day of Service at Urban Dreams DSM

Urban Dreams 601 Forest Avenue, Des Moines

Dr. King once stated, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” You can help Urban Dreams help others, by volunteering at our annual MLK Day of Service. Please follow the ticket link to signup for a 2-hour time slot(s) and a job or two. • Masks are required If […]

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