Diversity Conference


Your Response is Power

The purpose of the Diversity Conference is to celebrate, advocate, and educate about the world’s wide range of cultures, ethnicities, values, and beliefs. It’s a platform to recognize and honor what makes each individual unique. We welcome you along to explore these differences to promote positivity, enlightenment, and a safe environment.

Difficult situations present themselves no matter who you are.  The 19th Annual Diversity Conference held on March 22, 2024, on the IHCC Ottumwa campus will help you understand that it’s your response that matters. Your Response is Power.

This is an all-day event. Seating limited to the first 250 registrants.

Registration rates:

  • Early Bird Registration (now until February 26th): $40.00
  • Regular Rate (February 27th to March 16th): $50.00
  • Late Registration (March 17th to March 22nd): $60.00


Keynote Speakers

Erica Carter
Ken Nwadike Jr 


Breakout Sessions

Session 1

“Open Book: A Human Library of Stories” 
“READY to Stand” 
“Growing Up Amish” 
“But You Don’t Look Diverse! - How a Privileged White Girl Became a Director of DEI” 
“It’s How We Respond That Makes a Difference- Preview of Keynote” 
“Allies and Accomplices, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion”
“Out of the Closet and Into the Workplace: Empowering Inclusive Dress Code Policies in the Workplace” 
“Iowa Latinx Project: Nuestro Iowa” 

Session II

“Conversations with Ken” 
“Growing Up Amish” 
“Be Strong Families Parent Café: Response is Power” 
“Oh Look, A Fraud! Overcoming Imposter Syndrome” 
“Allyship 101: From Ally to Co-Conspirator to Accomplice”
“Iowa Latinx Project: Nuestro Iowa” 
“READY to Stand” 
“Cultures and Family Roots Influence Personal Lifestyle Choices” 
“Red Earth, Red Roots: A Meskwaki Descendant’s Journey”


Meal Choices

Lunch will be Catered by Jimmy Johns.

Thank you to Iowa Total Care for sponsoring lunch for all participants.

  • Big John- Roast beef, lettuce, tomato and mayo
  • Totally Tuna- Tuna salad, cucumber, lettuce, and mayo
  • Turkey Tom- Turkey, lettuce, tomato, and mayo
  • The Veggie- Provolone cheese, avocado spread, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and mayo

*All options are available "unwich" style (lettuce wrap, no bread).
*All options include a pickle, chips, dessert, and drink


Join Us

Register today!


Additional Information

College Credit for Diversity Conference
Diversity Conference Certificate of Attendance



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

Ottumwa Legacy Foundation
Ottumwa Legacy Foundation 

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Rotary Club Ottumwa

Indian Hills Community College
Indian Hills Community College

Community 1st Credit Union

Community 1st Credit Union

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Ottumwa Job Corps


Iowa Total Care

Interested in sponsoring this event in the future? 

Complete our sponsorship form



jessica-knappJessica Chickering, Director, EOC & SSS
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5133 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5133
Email: [email protected]