• Father Daughter Dance Ticket Information

    Tickets for the annual Father Daughter Dance will be available for purchase online January 5. The dance will be held on February 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa. Cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Click below for more info or to volunteer.


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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Best City for Young Professionals

    City Award - Best City for Young Professionals. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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29th Annual Symposium of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission: America Where Are We Now?

When:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where:  Des Moines University's Student Education Center, 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines (link to campus map)

Cost:  There is no charge and lunch is provided!

Registration:    Online registration is available HERE.

Program:  View the detailed program HERE.

Continuing Education Units:  Human Resources and Realtors Continuing Education Units application pending approval. 

Some of the sessions included: 
  • Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Civil and Human Rights Issues of the Day
  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Human Trafficking
  • Racial Profiling

If you have questions about upcoming symposiums:  Contact Mikel Johnson at MJJohnson@dmgov.org or call 515-237-1482

Sponsors of the 29th Annual Symposium include:
  • Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Des Moines Branch NAACP
  • Des Moines Area Realtors
  • Des Moines University (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Greater Des Moines Friends of Human Rights, Inc. (Presenting Sponsor $1,000+)
  • Region VII United States Housing and Urban Development FHEO (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Central Iowa Society of Human Resource Management (Presenting Sponsor $1,000+)
  • West Des Moines Human Rights Commission