Human Rights Symposium


32nd Annual Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Symposium

"Blueprint to Building Community"


March 14, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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 Thank you to everyone who registered for the Symposium. Registration is now closed. 

Please remember to bring a print copy or electronic version of your ticket to the Symposium for admission. Failure to present a ticket at the door may result in denial of admission. Due to the high number of registrants, we are unable to process same-day registration and you will be turned away without a pre-purchased ticket.  

Avoid the traffic and headache of parking by taking advantage of DART's free ride to the Symposium. Attendees can ride DART free to the event by showing electronic or printed registration to the bus operator upon boarding. Bus routes 11 and 60 will service drop off points for Des Moines University and can be boarded at DART Central Station. Plan your trip at or on Google Maps. Registration opens at 7:30 am. 


On March 14th, 2018, the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission will hold its 32nd annual symposium. Last year we hosted a symposium on "Poverty Affects Us All". We had over 500 attendees, our largest audience to date. The theme for this year's symposium is "The Blueprint to Building Community". This theme highlights the symposium goal of uniting residents across the Des Moines Metropolitan area for the greater good of the community. We believe that the blueprint to building community is eliminating systemic racism, being truly inclusive, alleviating poverty, improving economic conditions for everyone, having just laws, and getting to know your neighbor. We have organized five symposium tracks based on that belief: Eliminating Racism, Inclusion, Poverty & Economics, Law & Justice, and Know Thy Neighbor. 

We are excited to announce that DART will be providing FREE BUS SERVICE to the Symposium. Registered attendees simply need to provide proof of registration (print-out or digital) to the bus driver upon boarding in order to ride DART free. Missed registration? Let the driver know that your intended destination is the Civil and Human Rights Symposium at Des Moines University to ride free. Free service will be available all day. 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Civil & Human Rights Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commission Awards have closed. Award winners will be announced during the Lunch Program of the Symposium on March 14, 2018. 


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