"Youth and Student Voices of Diversity" Virtual Listening Session

Come listen to our youth and students. DMACC students and employees are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the DMACC Diversity Commission’s “Youth and Student Voices of Diversity” Virtual Listening Session from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. This session will create a space in which our Black student can share their frustrations, anxieties, anger and experiences regarding issues of racism and inequality with DMACC leadership and the larger DMACC community, and have those experiences heard and acknowledged. To join this event, please use your DMACC email address to register at https://forms.gle/2cXhrUgULP5ujFwd6

Summer Scholars Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Summer scholarship:

Charity Dangelser, Newton Campus, Liberal Arts
 Rebecca Whitney, Ankeny campus, Culinary and Accounting
 Samuel Connett, Ankeny Campus, Liberal Arts
 Jeffrey Howe, Urban and Ankeny Campuses, Cyber Security and Information Technology Network Administration
 Christopher Zimmerman, Ankeny, Campus Human Services
 Edward Hepplewhite, Boone Campus, Liberal Arts, Pre-Engineering

Summer Scholars Award

One Free 3-credit hour face to face Summer Semester Course plus $100 for books will be awarded to six students throughout the DMACC Campuses and Learning Centers.
Students must be full time as of Spring semester 2020.

Apply Today - Deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Des Moines Area Communit​y College has the distinction of enrolling the most culturally diverse student population in the Iowa higher educat​​ion system. Our responsibility to our students, and to the staff and faculty that serve them, is articulated in the diversity vision statement:

DMACC will create a culture in which all people are valued and supported, and will celebrate the similarities and differences among us. In doing so, we will prepare the DMACC community to live, to learn, and to work together in a global society.​


Veterans Day: Nov. 11, 2022

There are currently over 18 million veterans from all walks of life living in communities across the United States. Today we celebrate and commemorate the invaluable contributions of the many veterans in our midst.

As President Biden said in this year’s White House Proclamation for Veterans Day, “In every generation, America’s veterans have been willing to give all for that which we hold sacred — freedom, justice, and democracy. They have served selflessly, sacrificed greatly, and shouldered the burden of freedom quietly, asking no glory for themselves. Today, let us honor them by living up to their example — putting service before self, caring for our neighbors, and working passionately to build a more perfect Union worthy of all those who protect our lives and liberty. In respect and recognition of the contributions our veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors have made to the cause of pea​ce and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation’s veterans.

History of Veterans Day

During World War I, there was an armistice to temporarily end hostilities that occurred on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month between German and Allied forces. November 11th, 1918 became known as the end of “the war to end all wars” (World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919). In November 1919, President Wilson commemorated Nov. 11th formally as Armistice Day for the United States.

In May 13, 1938 a formal act was approved to make Nov. 11th a legal holiday, which included public celebrations and the brief cessation of business operations at 11:00 to honor and commemorate the armistice that happened on Nov. 11, 2018 and to honor WWI veterans.

After 1954 and the conclusion of World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans.” This legislation was formally approved on June 1, 1954 and was created to be a day to honor all North American veterans who served in all wars. President Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” in October of 1954.

Although Veterans Day was briefly observed for a few years in the month of October starting in 1971 due the passage of the Uniform Holiday Bill (passed in 1968). In 1975, Public Law 94-97 was signed by President Ford to return Veterans Day to Nov. 11th. The legal change went into effect in 1978.

DMACC Veterans Services Office

Learn more about the opportunities, services, and support for veterans across the district through our Veterans Services Office. You can also contact our Veterans Services Coordinator, Don Enright, at 515.964.6278 or through email at dlenright2@dmacc.edu​.

Nov. 11, 2022 White House Proclamation on Veterans Day

President Biden’s 2022 Proclamation for Veterans Day

Teacher’s Guide Resource for Students about Veterans Day 2022 from the Veterans Day National Committee (Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

The Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Day National Committee has created a 2022 Teacher’s Guide for educating students about Veterans Day:

NPR Story Corps. Military Voices Initiative

National Public Radio has a special series on “Military Voices” that reflect the diversity of experiences, realities, and challenges that veterans and members of the military and their families go through in their lives. 



Programming and discussion opportunities to enhance the lives of the DMACC community on all campuses



Creating a college of inclusion through academics and support

» Our commitment


By the Numbers

Total Student Enrollment for Credit by Race/Ethnicity: White: 72.9%, Hispanic: 7.88%, African American: 6.29%, Unknown: 5.69%, Asian: 4.56%, Multiple: 2.35% ​
Age Ranges of Students Served - Total Students by Age Group (FY 2019). younger than 18: 17,597, 18-22, 11, 085, 23-35 - 5,439, 36-55 - 2,123, 56-72 - 251, 73+ - 4 
Countries Represented - 89 countries and 6 continents ​



​​Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck​
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Des Moines Area Community College, An​keny Campus
2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Building 22 Ankeny, IA 50023
Office: 515-964-6299