Please join us for the 13th Annual Indian Hills Diversity Conference on Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:00AM - 3:30PM on the Indian Hills Community College Main Campus (Ottumwa).


Indian Hills Community College, Main Campus (Ottumwa)
Keynote Presentations: St. John Auditorium
Breakout Sessions: Efner Hall, Arts & Sciences Building

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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:

If you would like to register to attend this year's annual Diversity Conference, please click the register link below. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, as there will be limited seating in the auditorium. We cannot guarantee seating in the auditorium for walk-in registrants. (Registration will open on February 1st, 2017).

Early Bird Registration: $30.00
*Early Bird Student Registration: $5.00
*Comes with a redeemable $5 coupon, given at conference check-in for all IHCC student Early Bird Registrations. Coupon can be used at any IHCC dining facility through the end of the Spring 2017 term.

Note: Early Bird Registration closes on March 01, 2017 at midnight. Any registrations following this date will need to be made on the day of the conference, at the door for the regular ticket price.

Regular Registration: $40.00
Regular Student Registration: $10
Lunch is included with all registrations
Note: Must present a current Student I.D. to receive the student rate (K–12 and post–secondary students).

Earn IHCC college credit by attending the 13th Annual Diversity Conference!

We are offering something new this year for the attendees of the 13th Annual Diversity Conference! Are you interested in receiving IHCC college credit by attending the Diversity Conference? If so, please read more here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Keynote Speakers:

Julissa ArceDon Bartletti - The Roads Most Travelled: Migration for Survival

Migration for survival is as old as civilization, unstoppable as the wind, and frequently misunderstood. For the past 35 years, photojournalist Don Bartletti has focused his cameras and directed the soul of his photojournalism career on the people who knew the issue as if their lives depended on it, those for whom migration across the U.S. southern border cannot be distanced or dispassionate. He witnessed the real-life circumstances and life-changing decisions that define some of the causes and consequences of illegal immigration. In the process, he recorded courage, fear, joy, hate, success, and failure, just as it happened – raw and unscripted. 
Don Bartletti, age 69, recently retired after 32 years as a photojournalist with the Los Angeles Times.  He won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for the 6-part photo essay, “Enrique’s Journey – The Boy Left Behind”. He chronicled the diaspora of Central American children riding freight trains through Mexico with the dream of finding their mothers in the United States. He was a 2015 Pulitzer finalist for “Product of Mexico” which wasa yearlong investigation about the abuse of migrant workers on Mexican farms where fresh produce is grown for export to the United States. 
His photographs about migration for survival have also been recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Grand Prize, the Polk Award, Scripps-Howard Award, Loeb Financial Award, Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association, World Press Photo, and the Overseas Press Club. His pictures have been exhibited in museums across the U.S. and Mexico, and are published in scores of books and scholarly studies.
Bartletti is now compiling a photographic book about his decades on the border and is a guest lecturer and teacher at universities, high schools, and civic organizations in the U.S. and Mexico.  He is married with 2 children and 4 grandsons, and is a long-time resident of San Diego County.
Join us for an incredible opening keynote address by Bartletti as he shares touching pictures and real-life stories of the people and the families he has gotten to know throughout his time as a photojournalist, including the decisions made by them and how it resulted in migration for survival.

Julissa Arce

Joan Becker - SENTENCED TO LIFE: The Mark Becker Story - Mental Illnes, Tragedy, and Transformation

June 24, 2009 – the day that Joan Becker decided she could no longer be silent. On this day, Joan’s son, Mark Becker, shot and killed one of their community’s most beloved figures – Aplington-Parkersburg head football coach Ed Thomas. But the tragedy really began years before – with a mental health system that failed her family.
As the mother of Mark Becker, a paranoid schizophrenic that took the life of his former high school football coach on that unforgettable June day in 2009, Joan speaks regularly to colleges, churches, schools, communities, and mental health groups. She is the author of Sentenced to Life, which shares how her personal family experience served as the catalyst for her to become an advocate and public speaker for individuals with mental illness. Her focus is to open the doors and promote change in our mental health system.
Their family’s story includes a tragedy beyond measure, but Joan knows this doesn’t have to happen to you. She and her husband believe God wants them to share their family’s story about Mark and the experience their family had of coping with Paranoid Schizophrenia in the hope that it will help other families, caregivers, and professionals understand how they can make a difference in moving forward and improving our mental health system.
Joan lives in Iowa with her husband of 37 years, David Becker. They have three sons, Brad (Jackie), Scott (Nikki), and Mark.
Join us for an unforgettable closing keynote address from one of our very own – a local Iowan. Joan’s story will not disappoint and will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.

Diversity Conference Schedule

Check back soon for a full conference schedule. Information will be added when it is available.

Check In & Registration 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. St. John Auditorium
Conference 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. St. John Auditorium

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.

Breakout Session Summaries

The link below will give you in-depth summaries of each Breakout Session for the 13th Annual Diversity Conference.

Breakout Session Summaries

Diversity Scholarship Essay Contest

This year we are offering another Diversity Scholarship opportunity for one lucky student! The winner will receive a $500 scholarship award at IHCC! This scholarship is sponsored in part by the Ottumwa Hy-Noon Kiwanis, as well as an anonymous donor. Please see the Scholarship Application Form for specific details, including eligibility requirements.

Application and more information.

Danielle Wycoff

Winning Essay: Congratulations to - Gitali Chandra Piekaska Guanel

Indian Hills Community College would like to recognize the winner of the 2016 Diversity Scholarship Contest. Gitali, who is a current IHCC student for the Spring 2017 term, was named the winner for this $500 award. Applicants were asked to submit a one-page essay answering the question “How has diversity affected your life?” There were many outstanding essays submitted and the selection of a single winner was not easy. This scholarship was funded in part by the Ottumwa Hy-Noon Kiwanis Club, as well as an anonymous donor. A big thank you to the Diversity Scholarship Committee members for their hard work in reviewing the applications!

For those wishing to read her essay, you may find it here.


The 13th Annual Indian Hills Diversity Conference is sponsored, in part, by:

Great Prairie AEA Iowa Department of Education Indian Hills Community College
Great Prairie AEA Iowa Department of Education Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa Legacy Foundation U.S. Bank Humanities Iowa
Ottumwa Legacy Foundation U.S. Bank Humanities Iowa
National Endowment for the Humanities    
National Endowment for the Humanities


Ashley Albertson
phone: (641) 683-5755 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5755

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