Diversity Conference

Please join us for the 18th Annual Diversity Conference on Friday, March 24, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Registration opens at 8:00 AM.

The location this event will take place is in the Effner Academic Hall or also known as the Arts & Sciences Building.

Redefining Diversity

Diversity is a term that many people only associate with race and gender; however, it goes far beyond that. The concept of diversity itself represents a broad range of characteristics that can include, but are not limited to: age, race, creed, color, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, lifestyle, background, intellect, language, political views, and socio–economic status.

The diverse world that we live in today encompasses a wide range of cultures, ethnicities, values, and beliefs — which makes each and every individual unique. Understanding the definition of diversity allows people to recognize their own individual differences, and thus explore these differences in a positive and enlightening way. By doing this, we can welcome and celebrate these dimensions of diversity that each individual represents.

Online Registration:

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Conference Event Schedule

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Keynote Speakers:

Abena-Sankofa Imhotep
Interrupting Iowa nice: a field guide to authentic community inclusion

Abena-Sankofa Imhotep

When we think about what brings people together, we look toward the best of who we are. Too often, though, the best of who we are isn't a reality enough of us get to experience. Why? Because it's easier to default to dominant narratives about being a strong community rather than create the conditions to build it.

Join human rights strategist and TEDx speaker Abena Sankofa Imhotep as she explains how to build and sustain communities that are authentic and inclusive. 


Abena Sankofa Imhotep's Bio


Rev. Adam Barlow-Thompson
The Neighboring Movement

Rev. Adam Barlow-Thompson

The Neighboring Movement nurtures neighbor-centered leadership by focusing on what's strong to address what's wrong. We train and support community leaders, provide resources for churches, and practice being good neighbors in our founding neighborhood located in Wichita, KS.

Our work moves from a culture of fear, which is defined by individualism and scarcity, to a neighborly culture that is defined by joy, relationship, and abundance.


Rev. Adam Barlow-Thompson's Bio


Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Descriptions

Breakout Session Schedule

Session 1 - 10:45 to 11:45 am
Session 2 - 1 to 2 pm


College Credit for Diversity Conference

Are you interested in receiving IHCC college credit by attending the Diversity Conference?

IHCC offers attendees of the 18th Annual Diversity Conference a one-credit online course designed for the Spring 2023 term. You can also inquire at the front registration/check-in table during the conference.

View Course Syllabus: College Credit for Diversity Conference

Diversity Conference Certificate of Attendance

To receive a certification of attendance, please complete the Diversity Conference Certificate of Attendance Form after the conference, indicating which sessions you attended.

Request a Certificate of Attendance


Meal Choices

Conference attendees can choose from one of the following meals:

  • Tuscan Turkey – Organic sprouted wheat berry bread, turkey, sliced provolone, crispy bacon, sliced tomato, and leaf lettuce.
  • Cubano – Cuban bread, slow roasted pork, sliced ham, stone ground mustard, pickles, and Swiss cheese.
  • Greek Sandwich (Vegetarian or Vegan Option) – Pita bread, sliced tomato, sliced cucumber, red pepper strips, and house made hummus (optional feta cheese on the side).
  • Mediterranean Salad (Vegan and Gluten Free Option) – Romaine lettuce, chickpeas, balsamic vinaigrette, Kalamata olives, sliced onion, and tomatoes (optional croutons).

Each option is paired with a cookie, chips and beverage.


The Indian Hills Diversity Conference was sponsored, in part, by:

Ottumwa Legacy Foundation
Ottumwa Legacy Foundation 


Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Department of Education


Indian Hills Community College
Indian Hills Community College


Great Prairie AEA


Rotary Club Logo

Rotary Club Ottumwa


Community 1st Credit Union

Community 1st Credit Union

JBS Logo 

JBS Pork

Job Corps Logo

Ottumwa Job Corps


Tiffany Anderson MLS (ASCP), Professor/Clinical Coordinator
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-4245 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 4245
Email: [email protected]