"Youth and Student Voices of Diversity" Virtual Listening Session

Come listen to our youth and students. DMACC students and employees are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the DMACC Diversity Commission’s “Youth and Student Voices of Diversity” Virtual Listening Session from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. This session will create a space in which our Black student can share their frustrations, anxieties, anger and experiences regarding issues of racism and inequality with DMACC leadership and the larger DMACC community, and have those experiences heard and acknowledged. To join this event, please use your DMACC email address to register at https://forms.gle/2cXhrUgULP5ujFwd6

Summer Scholars Award Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Summer scholarship:

Charity Dangelser, Newton Campus, Liberal Arts
 Rebecca Whitney, Ankeny campus, Culinary and Accounting
 Samuel Connett, Ankeny Campus, Liberal Arts
 Jeffrey Howe, Urban and Ankeny Campuses, Cyber Security and Information Technology Network Administration
 Christopher Zimmerman, Ankeny, Campus Human Services
 Edward Hepplewhite, Boone Campus, Liberal Arts, Pre-Engineering

Summer Scholars Award

One Free 3-credit hour face to face Summer Semester Course plus $100 for books will be awarded to six students throughout the DMACC Campuses and Learning Centers.
Students must be full time as of Spring semester 2020.

Apply Today - Deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Des Moines Area Communit​y College has the distinction of enrolling the most culturally diverse student population in the Iowa higher educat​​ion system. Our responsibility to our students, and to the staff and faculty that serve them, is articulated in the diversity vision statement:

DMACC will create a culture in which all people are valued and supported, and will celebrate the similarities and differences among us. In doing so, we will prepare the DMACC community to live, to learn, and to work together in a global society.​

Lunar New Year 2023

This Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 is the beginning of the 2023 Lunar New Year (Year of the Rabbit). The Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations for Southeast and Eastern Asian cultures including Chinese (known as Chūnjié in Mandarin), Vietnamese (known as Tết Nguyên Đán), and South Korean (known as Seollal) as well as many other cultures including Filipino, Indonesian, Singaporean, and Malaysian amongst others.

There are over 2 billion people around the world who celebrate and observe the Lunar New Year, which extends for different periods of time for different cultures. The beginning of the Lunar New Year rotates each year based on the twelve phases of the moon, which each last 29 days and the full calendar is around 354 days and is different than the Gregorian calendar used by many western nations (including the U.S.). For the Chinese community, the celebrations take place over fifteen days; for the South Korean community it is usually observed for three days; in the Vietnamese community it takes place over a week. The Lunar calendar also maps the twelve zodiac animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig) and five elements (earth, water, fire, wood, and metal). Each year is associated with an animal that corresponds with an element.

The Lunar New Year is focused on letting go of the past year and moving into the new one; honoring ancestors and various deities; and spending time with family and friends. Each culture in the diaspora celebrates the New Year differently and uses different foods and traditions to symbolize prosperity, abundance, and togetherness.

Resources to learn more about the Lunar New Year:

Lunar New Year Events in Central Iowa

  • Saturday, Jan. 21st (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) at Grandview University Student Center (2811 E 14th Street, Des Moines, 50316) The 2023 Chinese Association of Iowa (CAI) New Year Celebration and Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards Ceremony—free and open to the public

    • 10:00-12:00 p.m.: Iowa-Chinese Business, Culture, and Education Forum and Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards

    • 10:00-2:00 p.m.: Cultural demonstrations, business showcases, and games

    • 12:00-2:00 p.m.: Entertainment with music, martial arts, singing, and dancing; authentic Chinese lunch and social hour

  • Friday, Jan. 28th (4:00-7:00 p.m.) Des Moines Art Center Chinese New Year event (4700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, 50312)​

    • 4:00-7:00: Dumpling House and Tangerine food and drinks available

    • 5:00-6:30: Art activity/make-and-take paper tigers

    • 5:00-5:30: Presentation on the significance of tea in Chinese culture

    • 6:00-6:30: Presentation on traditional Chinese New Year celebrations


    National Day of Racial Healing: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

    Today is the 7th Annual National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH), which calls upon individuals and groups from communities across the nation to join together to uplift our shared humanity and to continue to work towards creating a more racially just, inclusive, and equitable nation and world.

    The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (THRT) effort, which is a community-based process to create transformation and sustainable change nationally and to address historic and contemporary effects of racism. It was first launched in 2017 by over 550 intersectional leaders who wanted to create a day of action (it is observed on the Tuesday after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).

    Here are some resources to participate for NDORH:

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Jan. 16, 2023​

    This coming Monday, Jan. 16th, 2023 is the birthday and celebration of the life and legacy of activist, organizer, and human and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an educational community committed to working on issues of belonging, diversity, equity, and inclusion, we celebrate and commemorate Rev. Dr. King, Jr.’s indelible legacy and life-long commitment to creating structural change on social, economic, and racial justice issues and affirm the continued responsibility that each of us, individually and collectively, have to impact transformation in our communities.​

    There are many great opportunities that you can get involved in for this year’s commemoration. Below is a list of events and service opportunities to participate in this weekend and on Monday, Jan. 16th, 2023​

    MLK Jr. Day 2023 Community Events​

    West Des Moines Historical Society and the City of West Des Moines (Sun., Jan. 15th—1:00-3:00 p.m.)
    Free tour of the historic Jordan House Museum on Sunday, Jan. 15 th, 2023. Free book giveaways The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and It Starts With Me. For more information: https://www.wdmhs.org/the-jordan-house/.

    10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast (Mon., Jan. 16 th, 2023--7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Drake University Knapp Center--2601 Forest Ave. DSM)
    This year’s theme is “The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice.” The keynote address will be given by Dr. Robert D. Bullard, distinguished professor and award-winning author who is known as “The Father of Environmental Justice.” This year’s honorees for the Make a Difference awards are Dr. Mary Chapman (Vice President Emeritus of DMACC); Sgt. Bernell Edwards (31-year veteran of the DSM Police Department); and Ania Ewing (a 5th grader at Samuelson Elementary School and member of Girl Scout Troop #30078). To register and get more information about the event: https://www.dmymca.org/events/10th-annual-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-prayer-breakfast-2023

    Iowa Department of Human Rights 34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Celebration (Mon., Jan. 16th , 2023--10:45-11:45 a.m.)
    The Iowa Department of Human Rights will be presenting their Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. awards to Iowans who have demonstrated a commitment and service to the vision of Dr. King by promoting a vision of racial equality for all people in their communities. To view the event: https://www.facebook.com/IowaDeptHumanRights

    Des Moines Public Library Forest Avenue Library’s Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Mon., Jan. 16 th, 2023 -- 4:00-5:00 p.m.)
    This year, Forest Avenue Library's will celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will feature community leader Jacquie Easley McGhee as the keynote speaker. Jacquie Easley McGhee is the division director for health equity, diversity, and inclusion for MercyOne. She is also the health chair for the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and in 1990 became the first Black woman to serve on the Des Moines School Board. There will be ASL interpreters present for the event. For more information, please go to https://www.dmpl.org/event/forest-martin-luther-king-jr-day-observance

    City of West Des Moines MLK Day Celebration Event (Mon., Jan. 16 th, 2023--4:30-6:00 p.m.) at the MidAmerican Energy Company Recplex (6500 Grand Avenue in WDM)
    The City of West Des Moines and other community partners are hosting a free MLK Jr. Day event from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for individual and families. There will be appetizers and beverages provided. For special accommodations or language assistance, email allison.ullestad@wdm.iowa.gov. For additional information: https://www.wdm.iowa.gov/Home/Components/News.

    This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Dau Jok who is the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the West Des Moines Community Schools (for learn more about Dr. Dau Jok’s valuable leadership in the community, please go to https://www.wdm.iowa.gov/government/city-manager/west-des-moines-human-rightscommission/martin-luther-king-jr-day/wdm-mlk-day-celebration-event). There will be a welcome and remarks given by Jay Byers, CEO and President of the Greater Des Moines Partnership with a proclamation presentation by Mayor Russ Trimble, a Youth Scholarship and Community Leadership Award Presentation and closing remarks by Audrey Kennis, WDM Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

    Prior to the City of West Des Moines MLK Jr. Day evening event, the Greater Des Moines Partnership is sponsoring a Multicultural Reception that will also be held at the Mid-American Energy Company RecPlex from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Registration is required for the Partnership’s Multicultural Reception. Please register at https://members.dsmpartnership.com/events

    The City of Ames MLK Jr. Day Community Celebration 2023 (Mon., Jan. 16 th --6:00-7:45 p.m.) at the Ames City Auditorium (located at 520 Sixth Street--north side of City Hall)
    The City of Ames is joining the Ames/Story County MLK Celebration Committee in honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a hybrid celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16th at Ames City Auditorium, 520 Sixth St. (north side of City Hall). Face masks and social distancing are encouraged, but not required to attend in person. The event also will be available virtually via Facebook Live or YouTube. Birthday cake will be served to all attendees beginning at 6:00 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker is Anita Rollins. Anita Rollins is Ames’ first female African American City Council member. Anita Rollins managed Iowa State University’s Science Bound program for more than 20 years, helping to ensure the academic success of thousands of Students of Color and supporting their families. She has been a science communications specialist, health educator, and program director. For more information about the event, go to https://www.cityofames.org. To join the event via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmesMLKCelebration. To join the event via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmesChannel12

    MLK Jr. Day Service Opportunities in the DSM Metro

    Community Youth Concepts Annual MLK Jr. Day of Service (Mon., Jan. 16th, 2023--1:00-4:00 p.m.)
    The CYC will host an in-person event at King Elementary (1849 Forest Ave., Des Moines) from 1:00-4:00 p.m. There will be a number of service projects for participants of all ages, and students can earn silver cord hours by participating. There will also be Youth Leadership interactive workshops. To RSVP, go the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms​ or email Mollie at mollie@cyconcepts.org

    Meals From the Heartland MLK Jr. Service Project (Mon., Jan. 16th, 2023--9:00-4:30 p.m. at 357 Lincoln St., WDSM)
    On Monday, Jan. 16th from 9:00-4:30 p.m., Meals from the Heartland (357 Lincoln St., West Des Moines) will be partnering with the City of West Des Moines and other community partners for a community service project. There are morning shifts (9:00-10:30 a.m.; 10:00-11:30 a.m.; 11:00-12:30 p.m.) and afternoon shifts (12:00-1:30 p.m.; 1:00-2:30 p.m.; 2:00-3:30 p.m.; 3:00-4:30 p.m.) available. Please register to participate:https://mealsfromtheheartland.org/event/mlk-day-of-service/ 

    Habitat for Humanity MLK Jr. Day of Service (Mon., Jan. 16th, 2023)
    For more information about the opportunities available and to sign-up to get involved: https://gdmhabitat.org/volunteer/. Updates will be given on the Greater Des Moines Habitat Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GDMHabitat/

    Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Jasper County (through the United Way of Jasper County) MLK Jr. Day of Service Donation Opportunity (Mon., Jan. 16th, 2023--10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Newton Hy-Vee & Thiesen’s)
    Volunteers with RSVP of Jasper County will set up from 10:00-2:00 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 16th at Newton’s Hy-Vee and Theisen’s to collect much needed “personal care items and paper goods” for the local Salvation Army. This event is held annually on MLK Jr. Day. For more information about donation items, contact the United Way of Jasper County (312 First Ave. W., Newton) at unitedwayjc@gmail.com​ or (641) 792-1684.

    DMACC MLK Jr. Day Events

    West Campus MLK Jr. Day event on Tues., Jan. 17th (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Ellipse)
    Join us on Tuesday, January 17th from 11:00a-1:00p in the Ellipse to celebrate and honor MLK Day. We will be watching a documentary about MLK Jr.’s activism. Enjoy free snacks as you watch. Join and stay as long as you can! Questions? Email Club West at clubwest@dmacc.edu​.



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By the Numbers

Total Student Enrollment for Credit by Race/Ethnicity: White: 72.9%, Hispanic: 7.88%, African American: 6.29%, Unknown: 5.69%, Asian: 4.56%, Multiple: 2.35% ​
Age Ranges of Students Served - Total Students by Age Group (FY 2019). younger than 18: 17,597, 18-22, 11, 085, 23-35 - 5,439, 36-55 - 2,123, 56-72 - 251, 73+ - 4 
Countries Represented - 89 countries and 6 continents ​



​​Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck​
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Des Moines Area Community College, An​keny Campus
2006 South Ankeny Blvd., Building 22 Ankeny, IA 50023
Office: 515-964-6299