The 33rd Annual Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium took place March 20, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Des Moines University, featuring the theme "Move Passion to Progress."
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SPONSOR THE EVENT
Please contact Emily Cohen at (515) 283-4284 for sponsorship opportunities.
Here's the agenda from the 2019 Symposium. Check back for the agenda for the 2020 Symposium.
March 20, 2019
Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 AM.
Please have your tickets available and ready to scan for admission.
Symposium materials will be available at registration.
Program begins promptly at 8:00 AM.
Sessions will be running as scheduled.
Please review session times and plan accordingly to ensure your full participation and enjoyment of the presentations.
- Where they are starting from on their journey to progress;
- How to map a route to their destination;
- How to go the distance despite hurdles and challenges; and
- How to pass the baton to future generations and fellow teammates.
To achieve progress, communities must move with the proper toolkit and mindset. We have organized four symposium tracks addressing progress based on that belief: Economic Progress, Political Progress, Social Progress, and Judicial Progress. Des Moines Public Schools' C.O.R.E for Advancement (Community of Racial Equity) will be presenting Future Progress, for-youth-by-youth sessions that explore the current ways the youth are leading the charge to a better future.
All Symposium sessions have been approved to offer the following credits:
Legal: 5.0 CLEs including 3.5 Ethics
NASW: 6.75 CEUs for Behavioral Health/Social Work
The Keynote and Endnote Speakers at the 2019 Symposium were:
Richard Edmond-Vargas, aka Richie Reseda, questions concepts of patriarchy while inspiring powerful conversations about topics in cellblock feminism, mass incarceration, and restorative justice.
In April 2018, Richie was featured in the CNN documentary The Feminist on Cellblock Y, which highlighted his unlikely but impactful work as an inmate teaching feminism in an all-male prison. The inmate education and rehabilitation program he created, "Success Stories," is designed to help young men challenge patriarchy to better achieve their goals.
Richie is a co-founder of Initiate Justice, a non-profit that was founded while he was serving 10 years in California state prison for a crime that he committed as a teenager. He encourages others, especially those directly impacted by incarceration, to get involved in grassroots legislative efforts aimed at ending punitive justice systems and investing in people, communities, and restorative means of reducing harm.
Richie Reseda released the rap album Forgotten But Not Gone from prison in 2015. Upon release from prison in 2018, Richie launched the social impact media company, Question Culture. On stage, he enlightens audiences with reflective stories of building a feminist movement behind bars and inspires us to reconsider gender stereotypes and to live a more compassionate life.
Mike Draper owns RAYGUN, headquartered in Des Moines, IA, with locations in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Kansas City. It designs, it prints, it sells, and it employs about 60 people. RAYGUN has been called "The Greatest Store in the Universe" by RAYGUN.
Mike will talk about this entrepreneurial experience and it is going to be an emotional roller coaster. So, pack Kleenex and an extra pair of socks (in case the pair you're wearing get blown off). He'll talk business, family, community, and the power of words on stuff.
Registration has now closed. Thank you for helping make this symposium another record-breaking event.
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Find descriptions of each award on the Annual Symposium Awards page.
How to Nominate:
Nominations for the 2019 Symposium are closed. Check back for information about making a nomination for the 2020 Symposium
Symposium SPONSORS & PARTNERS
The 2019 Symposium Sponsors:
Symposium Sponsors assist in our efforts to ensure the inclusion of every voice in the conversation with donations that enable us to keep low registration costs for Iowans.
- Champion - $2,500 +
- Defender - $1,500 - $2,499
- Advocate - $1,000 - $1,499
- Ally - $500 - $999
All sponsorship levels include: acknowledgment on the event website and social media pages, a booth or table to display your company's information, and include registration for two (2) employees or representatives to attend the Symposium.
2019 Symposium Partners:
Our Symposium Business Partner Program incentivizes businesses to send direct service and managerial staff to the Symposium as a paid-day of training. Businesses are in the position to set the model for an inclusive community and excellent customer service, and can prepare their staff members to intervene and eliminate discrimination in the workplace. This is an opportunity for a Business to set itself apart with a commitment to create a city free from discrimination.
Businesses who participate in this program receive recognition as a Partner in the Symposium program, website, social media, and closed-circuit broadcasts throughout the Symposium at no additional cost.