Diversity & Inclusion Links

AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY

I Will Make Me A World In Iowa

I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa is a diverse collaboration of Iowans, which highlights African-American arts, culture and contributions through education, awareness and preservation during an annual enrichment celebration and with continual educational outreach.

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Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans

The commission reports on the status of Iowans of African-American descent to consider, review, and recommend programs, services, policies, legislation and administrative rules that will improve the quality of life for Iowa's African-American population.

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African-American Business Association of Des Moines

Advocates and promotes the development of African-American owned businesses with the goal of creating a firm economic base that supports the self-determination and survival of the African-American community.

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Asian-American Community

Commission on the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

The commission advises the governor and the general assembly in order to empower Asians and Pacific Islanders, improve their well-being, and celebrate a diverse Iowa.

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Iowa Asian Alliance

Iowa Asian Alliance (IAA) is a nonprofit organization of Asian American business, community, and civic leaders to forge cultural and economic growth.

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Hispanic/Latino Community

Division of Latino Affairs

Originally established as the governor’s Spanish-speaking task force through legislative action in April 1974, the division now oversees the state’s Translator and Interpreter Program.

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Hispanic Educational Resources

HER is a Latino learning academy specializing in bilingual, culturally affirming educational programming and experiences for children and their families.

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Iowa Interpreters and Translators Association

IITA serves Iowa’s linguistically diverse community through education, training, and promotion of the translation and interpretation professions.

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Latino Resources – Latino Heritage Festival

Latino Resources, Inc. is a non-profit entity that was developed to serve as the umbrella to the Latino Heritage Festival of Iowa.

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Latinos Unidos

Latinos Unidos is a non-profit organization promoting a united Latino community, positive change, and achievement.

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L.U.N.A. - Latinas Unidas por un Nuevo Amanecer

L.U.N.A’s mission is to assist and empower the women of our community to achieve goals of emotional, physical, and economic survival so that they may build futures free from violence.

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Immigrant Assistance & Immigrant Rights Organizations

Iowa Department of Human Services – Bureau of Refugee Services

A part of the U.S. Refugee Program, helping those who were forced to leave their homes and their countries with very few of their own possessions to resettle and start life anew in a strange new land.

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Lutheran Services in Iowa – Refugee Resettlement

Refugee Cooperative Services (RCS) provides initial resettlement services for refugees who have fled their country for fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, political opinion or social group.

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New Iowan Center Des Moines

These centers offer workforce development services to persons who have recently moved to Iowa and are seeking employment.

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The American Immigration Law Foundation

(AILF) was established in 1987 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational, charitable organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community

Capital City Pride

(Capital City Pride Des Moines promotes acceptance and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community through education, programming, and visibility.

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Iowa Safe Schools

Since 2002, the GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force has worked to put together evidence of the problem in Iowa schools, resources for parents, communities, and schools, and increased awareness in multiple venues.

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One Iowa

One Iowa works for GLBT equality in Iowa through voter identification, grassroots organizing, and educational events.

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Military Service Community

Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

This agency gains and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service members by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts.

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Employment Resources for Military Spouses 

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Military Servicemembers' Guide to Starting a Business 

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Native American Community

White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow

The Pow Wow is a Native American event bringing all races and nations together, to share heritages, and the history of the Native American nations through music, dance, song, and stories.

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Person with Disabilities

Deaf Services Commission of Iowa

The commission serves, represents, and encourages a greater understanding of deaf and hard of hearing individuals across the state. Services include advocacy and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, community development and serving as an information clearinghouse and referral source.

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Division of Persons with Disabilities

The Division exists to promote the employment of Iowans with disabilities and reduce barriers to employment by providing information, referral, assessment and guidance, training, and negotiation services to employers and citizens with disabilities.

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Employer Disability Resource Network

The network is a complete source for the recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities.

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Iowa Department of the Blind

The Department offers specialized, integrated services that blind and severely visually impaired Iowans need to live independently and work competitively.

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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services works for and with individuals who have disabilities to achieve their employment, independence, and economic goals.

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Religious & Interfaith Community

Des Moines Area Religious Council

The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is an interfaith organization that exists to provide a common means of responding to basic human needs while serving as a liaison between member congregations and the greater Des Moines community.

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Lutheran Services in Iowa – Refugee Resettlement

Refugee Cooperative Services (RCS) provides initial resettlement services for refugees who have fled their country for fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, political opinion or social group.

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Other Communities

American Association of Retired Persons – AARP Iowa Chapter

AARP enhances the quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change and delivering value to members through information, advocacy and service.

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Iowa Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission is a state agency that seeks to assure equality for Iowa women, working to equalize women's opportunities and to promote full participation by women in the economic, political, and social life of the state.

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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs/ Iowa Arts Council

The Iowa Arts Council enriches the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts.

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Iowa Department of Human Rights

The Iowa Department of Human Rights strives to ensure that every Iowan is equally protected and respected.

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Local Human Rights

Cedar Falls Human Rights Commission
Waterloo Human Rights Commission

State Data Center of Iowa

State Data Center of Iowa is a complete source for population, housing, business and government statistics about Iowa, including data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Iowa state agencies, and other state and federal sources.

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Women’s Cultural Collaborative

The Women’s Cultural Collective is an Iowa women’s organization which seeks to promote community building and to provide a safe atmosphere for lesbians.

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Young Professionals Connection

YPC's mission is to promote an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater Des Moines. Our efforts focus on connecting YP's to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, & professional development endeavors.

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