In the News

​Diversity Commission members and colleagues wear purple for October 2021's Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Photo Credit: Karen Webb

Diversity Commission and DMACC celebrate the LGBTQ+ community during October 2021’s National Coming Out Day

​LGBTQ pride flags flew at multiple campuses and centers, and the Diversity Commission and LGBTQ Affinity Group handed out LGBTQ+ pride buttons.

Photo Credit: Ronn Newby

Congratulations to the Fall 2021 Semester Diversity Commission Scholarship recipients!

  • Jennifer Baker, Ankeny Campus, Medical Office Specialist

  • Josie Carter, Ankeny Campus, Nursing

  • Ajla Dubinovic, Ankeny Campus, Nursing

  • Carman Getting, Ankeny Campus, Horticulture

  • Brenda Guzman, Ankeny Campus, Respiratory Therapy

  • Nathaniel Moklestad, Ankeny Campus, Liberal Arts

  • Hannah Oleson, Ankeny Campus, Business

  • Krystal Pendroy, Ankeny Campus, Nursing

  • Emily Rice, Ankeny Campus, Culinary

  • Mary Ann Riesberg, Ankeny Campus, Early Childhood Education

  • Antwaneisha Tolson, Ankeny Campus, Liberal Arts

  • Nguyen Tran, Ankeny Campus, Accounting/Business

  • Lily Hammer, Boone Campus, Nursing

  • Ayeshah Johnson, Boone Campus, Accounting

  • Elizabeth Rodriguez, Boone Campus, Human Services/Liberal Arts

  • Katherine Stines, Boone Campus, Nursing

  • Jenna Striner, Carroll Campus, Nursing

  • McKenna Ussery, Online, Liberal Arts

  • MaryLou Ledesma, Perry VanKirk Center, Secondary Education

  • Alexi Fernandez, Urban Campus, Accounting

  • Nima Tamang, Urban Campus, Accounting

  • DaKeena Guin, West Campus, Biology

Congratulations to the Summer 2021 Semester Diversity Commission Scholarship recipients!

  • Ka Ying Yang, Ankeny Campus

  • Kareem Eljaam, Boone Campus

  • Nguyen Tran, Boone Campus

  • Chastity Foster, Urban Campus

  • Marrin Phuc Nguyen, Urban Campus​​

Congratulations to the Spring Semester 2021 Diversity Commission Scholarship recipients!


T. Lane Williams of Des Moines, Associate Degree with Paralegal Studies Certificate


Emily Stafford of Elkhart, Associates Degree in Nursing

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Stephanie Harrington of Des Moines,  ​AS Horticulture- Plant Production Concentration


Carrigan Graham of Ankeny, ​Associates Degree in Nursing


Sandra Robbins of Des Moines, Associates Degree in Nursing


Line Ponsonnet of Des Moines, Libe​​ral Arts


​​​​​​​​​The recent murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, as well as the murders of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many more, could not demonstrate more clearly that systemic racism and injustice against the Black community continue to be pressing issues in our nation. The recent protests that have swept across the United States and across Iowa demonstrate that the need for change is now and that silence in the face of racial injustice equates to support of that injustice.

The DMACC Diversity Commission stands strong in support of these protests and all of the other work that is being done to fight for justice and equity for Blacks in our community. Many of our DMACC students, staff, and faculty have been directly impacted by the racism that continues to exist in our country, our state, and our community, and we know that it is our job as a commission to fight against that racism and to work to promote justice. We also ¬recognize that in order to move forward we must understand and address our institutional shortcomings.

As one part of that work, DMACC’s Diversity Commission will be hosting a virtual listening session, Voices of Diversity, on Thursday, June 11th from 12:00-1:30pm. This session will create a space where our Black students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of other communities of color, can share their frustrations, anxieties, anger, and experiences surrounding this issue with the larger DMACC community and have those experiences heard and acknowledged.

Our work won’t stop there. The DMACC Diversity Commission is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across the district and is charged with advocating for diversity awareness and ensuring diversity is integrated into all aspects of campus culture. To us, that means actively working through speaking out, providing financial support, and creating programming that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have worked hard to provide events, trainings, and opportunities for staff, faculty, and students since we formed as a commission; going forward, we continue to be committed to prioritizing programming that forwards the work of racial justice and justice for all marginalized communities.