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Annual Diversity Initiatives

Examples of training/activities at DMACC in the area of diversity are:

  1. Workshop on diversity for all new faculty and adjunct faculty offered yearly. Sessions on learning styles that touch on various kinds of diversity of students are also offered.
  2. Intercultural Communication and Diversity Training each year.
  3. International Year events each year.
  4. Diversity Across the Curriculum Discussions: The college purchased several copies of Diversity Across the Curriculum by Branche Mullennix and Cohn for faculty across the district to use as the basis of disciplinary and departmental discussions. The goals of these discussions were to make faculty and staff more aware of diversity in their classrooms and in the content of their courses, to develop new approaches for teaching course content with a perspective of diversity, and to promote an attitude in the DMACC community and an atmosphere on our campus that demonstrates a valuing of diversity.

Additional examples of Diversity Initiatives and Practices:

  1. Diversity Campus Conversations
  2. Diversity training workshops
  3. Economic Diversity workshops
  4. EEO/Affirmative Action Committee
  5. Special Needs Support Services
  6. International Year program
  7. Walk As One
  8. Latinos Unidos
  9. Juneteenth
  10. I'll Make Me a World In Iowa
  11. Multicultural Resource Guide
  12. Asian American Council Education Conference
  13. Strengthening & Valuing Latino/Communities In Iowa Conference
  14. Workforce Behavior Resource Tool
  15. Formal International Exchanges
  16. Sister City/State Relations
  17. Faculty Sabbaticals/Prof Dev (abroad)
  18. Student Study Abroad/travel/study credit
  19. Grants: HCOP/Upward Bound/Student Support Services
  20. International Student Population
  21. Black Male Symposium
  22. Extensive ESL/new location on south side
  23. Training Academy-Community Outreach
  24. Women's History Month
  25. International Student Employment
  26. Bridges Out of Poverty
  27. International Food Fests
  28. Celebrate Chinese New Year - Recognition of New Years
  29. Project Self Sufficiency/Displaced Homemakers
  30. Elderly Population - Reduced Tuition
  31. Sign Language classes & interpreters for the deaf
  32. Silent College
  33. Minority Teachers Initiative (i.e., George Washington Teacher Education) Program
  34. Latino Expo
  35. Soccer Tournament
  36. DMACC Coursework (i.e. Women's Literature, African American History, Race, Ethnic and Gender, Social Issues, Foreign Languages, Global Studies)
  37. Urban Multi-Cultural Spring Festival
  38. Black History Month
  39. Asian Festival
  40. Latino Heritage Festival
  41. French Chef Visit
  42. Job Placement Network
  43. Department of Education Diversity Seminar Presentation(April 25-26, 2007)
  44. Career Expo (targeting Minorities and Gender Under representation in Programs, such as Criminal Justice, Health)
  45. Mitchellville Mentors, Reentry and Life Skills Ex-offender Initiatives
  46. Workforce Training Academy targeting low income populations
  47. Gear Up partnership with Des Moines District Middle Schools targeting low income and minority students
  48. Memorandum of Agreement with Department of the Blind, Iowa Department of Rehabilitation Services, and Veteran Services targeting education and workforce services for persons with disabilities
  49. Chartered Diversity Commission
  50. Diversity Award (Tapestry Award)
  51. Grant—provide interpreter training through the Iowa Division of Latino Affairs
  52. Programming—"A Little Salsa on the Prairie" (documentary on Perry, Iowa; NAMI—Mental Illness
  53. Gay Pride Parade
  54. Clubs—Spanish, Native American, African American Student Alliance, International Club, Interpretation and Translation,Campus Fellowship
  55. Hosting Colombian Mobile Consulate
  56. Hosting Plaza Comunitaria workshop (Mexican Government)
  57. Provide meeting space to a variety of community orgs, e.g. Gay Pride, Iowa Asian Alliance….
  58. Co-hosted the Greater Des Moines Partnership Multicultural Reception
  59. IPTV Independent Lens Film Series sponsored by Diversity Commission and outside partners featuring the following films:
    1. A Dream in Doubt
    2. Arusi Persian Wedding
    3. Banished
    4. Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  60. Speech by Ann Millin, Assistant to Director of Education for the National Institute of Holocaust Education
  61. Speech by author, playwright, and creator of an original musical drama, "Sparks Fly Upward"
  62. Dramatic performance of "The Meeting"
  63. Urban "Taste of Africa" event
  64. Iowa Studies Forum
  65. Diversity Requirement for students receiving A.A. and A.S. degrees
  66. Mexican Consulate Visit to DMACC
  67. Celebration of the Literary Arts
  68. Soul Food Luncheon (Event for Black History Month)
  69. Kite Runner book discussion
  70. Rock the Vote Bus Visit