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Annual Symposium

UPDATE 3/11/2020: Drake University announced today it will cancel classes and events on campus until early April because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. This decision includes the cancellation of the 34th Annual Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Symposium scheduled for March 18.

We understand and respect this difficult decision. The health and safety of people should always come first. We are notifying our symposium speakers and attendees of the cancellation and will determine over the next week if the event can be rescheduled.

The Civil and Human Rights Commission would like to thank our sponsors for their strong support, all those who registered for the symposium, our lineup of speakers and the many volunteers and staff who worked so hard to make it happen.

We encourage all persons to continue to follow public health professional instructions on preventing the spread of this virus.

Strategizing for the Harvest logoThe 34th Annual Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a new location, featuring the theme "Strategizing for the Harvest."

NEW LOCATION: Drake University's Olmsted Center (2875 University Ave, Des Moines, IA)

Register now for the 2020 Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium.

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If you are interested in being a sponsor please see the following form to be filled out and sent to Please contact our office at (515) 283-4284 for sponsorship questions.

Symposium AGENDA



Symposium AWARDS