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Knock and Drop Iowa Uplifts Latino Families with Culturally Specific Support
February 21, 2024

Knock and Drop Iowa, a culturally specific food pantry based in Des Moines, meets the needs of the local Latino population.

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The 5 Mindsets: How Your Team Might Interact with Diversity
January 23, 2024

Navigating diversity becomes much clearer when we understand the five mindsets on the Intercultural Development Inventory.

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Basi White and Sensi'il Studios are Shaping the Black Comic Book Industry
January 24, 2024

Basi White founded Sensi'il Studios, Iowa's first Black-owned comic book company. He's dedicated to sharing Pan-African stories and reshaping the narrative of Black representation in the industry.

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Reimagining Iowa's Capacity to be Inclusive through the Legacy of Governor Ray
January 10, 2024

CultureALL's Community Journalist Macey Shofroth shifts her perspective on Iowa after learning about the humanitarian legacy of Governor Robert D. Ray.

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Good intentions do NOT always mean positive impacts
December 14, 2023

Malycki Mañon-Sosa, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Director for the Iowa State Bar Association, shares his thoughts on good intentions in the DEI space after a recent experience at an event.

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CultureALL Presents: Essential Practice for Inclusive Cultures
December 1, 2023

CultureALL will welcome Tatyana Fertelmeyster to Des Moines on December 8 to lead our community in a workshop designed to expand our capacity for being inclusive.

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Publishing Iowa Narratives: The Long View for Progress and Hope
December 6, 2023

Two Iowan creatives aim to disrupt the prevailing narrative about Iowa by amplifying stories of marginalized communities and highlighting the complex, diverse people working to make the state a more equitable place.

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CultureALL and Ballet Des Moines Present: Storytelling through the Art of Dance
November 13, 2023

Attend the 2023 school show, presented by CultureALL and Ballet Des Moines, at Hoyt Sherman place on December 7th.

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How do you engage employees in practicing more inclusive behaviors?
November 7, 2023

CultureALL DEI Planning uses data to engage your employees in developmental activities that improve your team's ability to be inclusive and equity-minded.

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CultureALL Presents: An Evening with Carol Roh Spaulding
October 27, 2023

Join us on November 10 to celebrate the release of Carol Roh Spaulding's "Waiting for Mr. Kim and Other Stories."

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Joe Gonzalez wants you to value your culture
October 26, 2023

After emigrating from Mexico to the United States at age 5, Joe Gonzalez has made it his mission to help others feel safe and supported in Des Moines.

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On Iowa Politics: Iowa Ideas 2023 — Stacey Kimberlin Explores How to Navigate Iowa's Culture Wars
October 17, 2023

Listen to CultureALL Director of DEI Planning Stacey Kimberlin; Keenan Crow, Director of Policy and Advocacy at One Iowa; and The Gazette Columnist Todd Dorman on the Iowa Ideas 2023 Panel "Navigating Iowa's Culture Wars."

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How an Eighth Grade Student Taught Me About Inclusion
September 14, 2023

Most Iowans live in the same county where they were born. They often don’t have the chance to connect with people who look, behave, and believe differently from them. It's important to build a space where we can develop intercultural skills through healthy communication.

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What does your organization need next so it can benefit from new perspectives?
September 4, 2023

CultureALL DEI Planning's unique approach begins with measuring your organization’s capacity to accept and adapt to differences.

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The Business of Removing Barriers: How Delta Dental of Iowa is Serving Clients
August 4, 2023

Delta Dental of Iowa provides real-life interactions that give their team members opportunities to practice being inclusive.

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HoQ: Local Farms, Global Flavor
July 25, 2023

A local restaurant uses the farm-to-table concept to cultivate a menu influenced by cultures all over the world.

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Less Talking, More Listening: How a family learned to bridge differences
July 4, 2023

As Midwestern family blends Christianity and Islam, they learn how the difference between impact and intention matters when bridging cultural differences.

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Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: VACI connects Vietnamese Iowans with opportunity and each other
June 20, 2023

For nearly 20 years, the Vietnamese American Community in Iowa has served as a space to grow and integrate Vietnamese culture into the mainstream culture. The group continues to volunteer around the community and connect Vietnamese Iowans with one another.

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CultureALL Presents: Paris Banh Mi Vietnamese Cuisine
June 12, 2023

Join CultureALL and Paris Banh Mi for a night of Vietnamese food, cultural entertainment, and coming together across cultures to build a community where everyone is welcome.

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Honor the journey of refugees at 2023 DSM World Refugee Day
June 8, 2023

The 2023 DSM World Refugee Day celebrates the impact of refugees and immigrants in Iowa. Join us in honoring the tumultuous journey of this community and support them as they establish new roots in Iowa.

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Sones de Mi Tierra share the sounds of their land
June 6, 2023

For five women in Des Moines, Folklorico dancing lets them share the beauty and creativity of their culture.

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Building equitable communities for AAPI people in Iowa
May 24, 2023

People of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander descent are one of the fastest growing populations in Iowa. Trevy Augustin and the Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs within the Iowa Department of Human Rights offer support to ensure their success.

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Chenue Her gives voice to the voiceless
May 11, 2023

Chenue Her made history when he became the first male Hmong news anchor in the country. Today, he uses his pride in his culture and his love of storytelling to lift up his community.

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Des Moines Metro Credit Union works for financial equity for all
April 18, 2023

Des Moines Metro Credit Union provides financial services and culturally attentive support to help the local Hispanic community take control of their financial futures.

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Accessibility is a diversity issue
March 27, 2023

As Disability Awareness Month draws to a close, CultureALL Ambassador Frank Strong reflects on why it's important to include accessibility when discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.

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How CultureALL uses IDI data to achieve DEI goals
March 20, 2023

Routine practice with CultureALL's DEI Planning team will increase your capacity to accept difference

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Schools are an extension of family
February 14, 2023

Students at Willowbrook Elementary School in Altoona learned to appreciate the value of diversity during a recent Multicultural Day.

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Open Book Helps Connect Two Des Moines Churches
February 6, 2023

Two Des Moines churches gathered for an Open Book event, creating connections across their cultures and experiences through storytelling and authentic, personal conversations.

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Art is for everyone: Des Moines Speaks

Everyone has the right to appreciate and respond to art. CultureALL and the Des Moines Art Center came together to demonstrate this.

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Culture Days: Bringing the World to Iowa Classrooms Brings our World Together

When a CultureALL Ambassador enters your classroom, your student will get an authentic experience that will provide meaningful engagement with a new culture.

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CultureALL is hiring - Community Journalist
October 22, 2022

CultureALL has 1,001 success stories about Iowans becoming more inclusive and accepting of diversity. We seek an experienced communications professional to report and publish these stories.

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Immigrants RISE to belong at Valley High

It means a lot to students as they enter high school to see a sign as big as this mural to show they belong here. 

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Brazilian Wish Bracelets are for everyone!
October 6, 2022

Connect with this Brazilian tradition. What are some of the unique traditions you enjoy from your own culture?

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Ambassador training: it takes a village!
September 27, 2022

We feel stronger than ever in our mission to invite Iowans to participate in cultural traditions - growing APPRECIATION for the diversity around us and ELEVATING the quality of life for all.

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World Food and Music Festival 2022: Valuing the Cultures of our Community!

This was the 7th year in a row that CultureALL got to lead the activity pavilion, cultural stage, and culinary demonstrations.

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A New Focus on Japan, Opportunities for Iowans
September 7, 2022

My first experience in small-town Iowa with someone from another culture was in 2005 with my kindergarten teacher from Japan. Now I'm giving such "firsts" to students across Iowa. They too should have the opportunity to grow up skill and grace for working with anyone around the world.

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Rural students gain appreciation for refugee experience
August 24, 2022

When Francis arrived in a brightly patterned dashiki and kufi cap, the students were unsure of what to expect.

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Bhutanese Favorites: Meet Mohan Sitoula
June 22, 2022

When it came to opening up Kathmandu Restaurant, Mohan Sitoula and Thakur Neupane did it themselves – with their community.

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Bosnian Home Cooking: Meet Haris Zuljevic
June 15, 2022

Tito's Lounge, a sleek sports bar in Urbandale Iowa, serves a mix of traditional Bosnian, Mediterranean, and American food.

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Vietnamese Street Food: Meet Brenda Tran
June 8, 2022

Vietnam Cafe is a bright, yellow-walled restaurant owned by Brenda Tran, located in the food court at Merle Hay Mall.

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We Must Fight Hate. Together.
January 27, 2022

Bob Goldberg, the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, shares his wisdom and what people should know on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Become an Angel Sponsor

When you donate as an Angel Sponsor, 100% of your gift will cover the portion of programs that schools aren't able to fund.

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Stereotyping and scapegoating in US History
July 1, 2021

Iowa teachers grapple with new law in Iowa (HF802) that bans teaching students to analyze US history on issues of race and sex. Catherine Mein, the President of the Iowa Council for Social Studies, explains why the law is troubling.

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Pop Quiz - True or False: We’re taught to be divisive
March 26, 2021

Are we prioritizing the respect and dignity of some students over others?

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CultureALL is Surprisingly Innovative
December 1, 2020

Our methods may seem both simple and "nice" to have, but our process is researched-based and proven to be effective.

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I remember boarding my first international flight
November 29, 2020

CultureALL Board President Paul Brown explains how international travel has given him a more diverse perspective. But this is a privilege that most Iowans can't afford.

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5 Things Employers Must Do for Racial Equity
July 10, 2020

You want to create more equitable opportunities but you don’t have a vision for how to do it. Here are 5 things you can do now to get started.

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Meet Jonathan's Hero
August 26, 2020

We have reasons to be idealistic about inclusion in school.

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Creating a Culture of EQUITY. Here. Now.
June 11, 2020

Black Lives Matter

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We Can Stop the Spread of Prejudice
April 8, 2020

Why do some people refer to COVID-19 as the China virus? During stressful times, people tend to split the world into “us” and “them”, treating one preferred group with greater kindness while behaving badly toward a different group.

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Why I Do This Work
April 28, 2020

Why does it matter if students have access to high-quality cultural education?

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CultureALL believes that sharing the cultural richness of our community with others will elevate our society and the quality of life for all.