Registration for this program is now closed. If you would like to participate in the January 22nd kick-off, please email email@example.com.
Leaders will transform their practice to one that embraces racial equity as they seek to understand their role in creating a different future. The seven-session Then. Now. When. Educational Experience will give leaders a foundation in history, an understanding of local issues, encourage brave conversations, and result in meaningful action.
- Then. We will use The New York Times’ 1619 Project and other resources to provide a look at our history through the critical lens of chattel slavery – the practice of enslaving people to be bought and sold. Lean into your discomfort to gain an understanding of how this practice created systems of oppression.
- Now. Experts from Iowa and across the country will provide perspective on the beliefs and systems of oppression that continue to exist in Greater Des Moines today. Prepare for the picture of our community’s issues to become clearer.
- When. You will be challenged to identify how you can use your personal and professional influence to intentionally help our community close the racial equity gap. Make a commitment to turning when into our new now.
The 1619 Project was created by Iowa-native and New York Times journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones. The Then. Now. When. Educational Experience will culminate on April 8th when Hannah-Jones will speak with the community during the spring virtual Sussman Lecture offered by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, and a collaboration of Greater Des Moines organizations.
Jan. 22, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
|Setting the Stage
Jan. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Feb. 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mar. 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mar. 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mar. 31, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Apr. 8, time TBD
|Virtual lecture by Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project, offered by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University and in collaboration with community partners.
To reduce barriers to participation, this program (valued at $500) is being
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Then. Now. When. and the Nikole Hannah-Jones lectures have been organized in collaboration with and support from multiple Greater Des Moines organizations, including:
African American Leadership Academy
City of Des Moines
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Des Moines Business Record
Des Moines University
The Directors Council
EMC Insurance Companies
Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
Greater Des Moines Partnership
The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement at Drake University
Hola Iowa & Hola America
Kum & Go
Mid-Iowa Health Foundation
Polk County Housing Trust Fund
State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
United Way of Central Iowa
Urban Experience Magazine
Then. Now. When. Thought Leadership Provided by:
Eugenia Kutsch-Stanton (CLP '14), Corteva Agriscience
Tracy Duran (CLP '16), Des Moines Art Center
Dr. Anindita Das (CLP '19), Iowa 4-H
Bridget Cravens-Neely (CLP '11), Nationwide
Dylan Mullenix (CLP '17), Des Moines MPO
Mee Yang-Lee, Inspired Action, LLC
And a team of Leadership Institute racial equity champions.