Iowa Ideas 2023

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Building a culture that allows to learn from each other and strive for systematic change.

    DEI: Making the arts accessible to all

    How are Iowa advocates connecting pathways within the arts to under-represented communities? How are we recruiting artists of diverse backgrounds and perspectives?

    Moderated by Elijah Decious

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 9:15AM

    • Lindsay Keast

    • LD Kidd

    • Mia Buch

    • Cavan Hallman

    • Adam Knight


    DEI: Tracking Iowa's Health Care Disparities

    Analysis of the latest data from public health reports with a specific look at under represented populations and their access to care in Iowa.

    Moderated by Sofia DeMartino

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 10:20AM

    • Max Mowitz

    • Anne Carter

    • Mary Charlton

    • Henny Ohr


    DEI: Availability of beds for those in crisis

    What are the challenges for adults and kids who need a place to heal in times of crisis? A look at how necessary closures deepen the gaps, challenges in Iowa’s patient bed tracking system, insurance hurdles and who is working to better the system.

    Moderated by Bryan Busch

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 10:20AM

    • Steve Johnson

    • Anne Starr

    • Mark Sertterh

    • Marissa Eyanson


    DEI: Cultural Proficiency & Inclusivity

    From curriculum to censorship issues, educators are in a state of uncertainty with what's allowed and not allowed in the classroom. Who is keeping these issues top of mind and how are our systems ensuring accountability?

    Moderated by Erin Murphy

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 2:10PM

    • Monic Behnken

    • Ken Morris

    • Nathan Wear


    DEI: Hiring Process and Onboarding

    Understanding employer and prospective employee goals in matching skillsets to a workplace culture that will position all parties for long-term success. From recruitment strategies, an accepted offer and onboarding.

    Moderated by Liz Kennedy

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 2:10PM

    • Nick Ford

    • Miranda Swafford

    • Elizabeth Buch

    • Anthony Arrington


    DEI: Challenges in Business Ownership

    The dream of owning a successful business is often hit with a world of unknowns. How is Iowa providing pathways for overcoming barriers and connecting prospective business owner to the resources needed to succeed?

    Moderated by Angie Weekley

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 3:15PM

    • Diana Wright

    • Scott Swenson

    • ReShonda Young

    • Mohamed Nasraddin

    • Jesse Thoeming


    The Big Idea: A Look at Classroom Structures

    A review of traditional and innovative structures in physical space and curriculum in k12 learning.

    Moderated by Trace Pickering

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 4:20PM

    • Dan Devore

    • Laura Williams

    • Vicki Hyland


    DEI: Changing Demographics in Students

    How can the unique perspective of every student impact the overall educational experience? A look at socioeconomic, trans, non-English speaking, behavioral and more.

    Moderated by Vanessa Miller

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 10:10AM

    • Laurie Phelan

    • Dr. Mary Grinstead

    • Roy Salcedo

    • Becky Smith


    DEI: Immigrant and refugee long-term success in Iowa

    When an influx occurs, how do community resources respond? What is the starting point to understand individual or family needs such as education, job training and job access?

    Moderated by Todd Dorman

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 10:10AM

    • Alison Hoeman

    • Robin Clark Bennett

    • Stephanie Moris

    • Minouche Bandubuila

    • Mugisha Gloire


    DEI: Barriers to Home Ownership

    The process to purchase a home is complex. What are the greatest challenges to ensure access to resources, education and support for all who want to make this investment?

    Moderated by Marissa Payne

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 11:15AM

    • Stephanie Murphy

    • Sarah Thompson

    • Karey Chase


    DEI: Building the foundation for employer DEI strategies

    A look at Iowa tools and resources in building an effective DEI strategy. How are available tools balanced with the goal of an authentic means to understand the critical need to understand an organization&#39;s history and current state? Inclusive ICR will review their dEI index offered to Eastern Iowa employers and the building of a DEI resource library.

    Moderated by Doug Neumann

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 11:15AM

    • Angelica Vannatta

    • Tim Carty

    • Stefanie Munsterman

    • Erin Pottebaum

    • Robin Therme

    • Jennifer Banta

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Articles

  • A look at rural school districts in any direction will show that Storm Lake — a northwest Iowa city in Buena Vista County with a population between 10,000 and 15,000 — is in a very different position than its counterparts. Every district surrounding Storm Lake has a hyphenated name, indicating districts that have merged. As many of them face lon...
  • The morning of March 16, 2020, the production teams at Theatre Cedar Rapids sent out daily rehearsal calls for our three then-upcoming, concurrent shows. We had a classic play rehearsing in our downstairs studio theater, a contemporary play four days from opening in our auditorium and a 28-member musical cast in rehearsals upstairs. I was the di...
  • Our world has a long history of conflict and conversation regarding humanity’s treatment of humanity. The current conversations about race, in particular, go back many, many years. Last year, the murder of George Floyd continued the debate about race in our country. In 2020, it’s estimated that between 16 million and 26 million people participat...
  • In the time since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020, social justice movements across the United States and in other countries have formed and reformed to in efforts to gain visibility for their ideas and their goals. In Iowa, two groups, by way of example — only some 30 miles apart — have taken different approaches.
  • It seemed every day of 2020 presented a new situation. From the derecho to racial injustice to a pandemic, my first year as mayor of Iowa City taught me that no elected leader has all the answers, but every elected leader has the tools to get there — the voices of their people. I have always believed input from the community will yield more inno...
  • Whether it's the derecho, coronavirus, or Iowa's rural housing challenges, finding affordable housing in Iowa will have a growing impact on Iowa's economy. What can communities do to help more projects get through the pipeline? Panelists include: Lauren Johnson, Polk County Housing Trust Fund; Stephanie Murphy, Cedar Rapids Neighborhood Finance ...
  • A look at the realities for immigrants arriving to Iowa and access to resources for success. Establishing a home, finding employment and connecting to a new community bring to light challenges that go unnoticed by many. Hear from panelists devoted to improving the process while recognizing the positive impact these individuals have to the state....
  • David M. Kennedy is the Executive Director of the National Network for Safe Communities, a project of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Mr. Kennedy and the National Network support cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen rela...
  • The achievement gap in education is the disparity in academic performance between groups of students. In Iowa, that's students with economic hardship, individualized education plans (IEPs), English as Second Language and Black and Hispanic students. How can we close those gaps? How big of an impact is COVID having? What efforts hold the most pro...
  • Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity was a major issue for families across the state. Then the pandemic came and has stretched many programs even further. How is food insecurity trickling into other aspects of life? What opportunities can Iowans adopt to help reduce the insecurity? Panelists include: Deann Cook, Unite...

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