Diversity Conference

Please join us for the Virtual Guest Speaker Mini-Series on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 12pm central time, Friday, October 23, 2020, 12pm central time, AND Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 12pm central time. 

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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 Virtual Guest Speaker Mini-Series, please click the register link below. If you have already registered for the Diversity Conference that was to take place in March, you DO NOT need to register again.

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Earn IHCC college credit by attending the Diversity Conference!

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

If so, please read more by clicking the button below. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please feel free to contact us for more information.

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Keynote Speakers:


Liz Nead - You Can't Say THAT! Strategies to Master Diversity in a New Decade

Liz NeadLiz Nead is an adventure speaker, most recently climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and flipping 300-pound tires in the Iowa Strongman Games. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has authored several best selling books - The 1440 Principle, Curry Up, The 180 Life, and 20 Beautiful Women. Her work has been ranked in BuzzFeed and reviewed by the Huffington Post. She is a skilled story-teller and teacher, creating powerful personal development and team building strategies. She balances her career with a busy family life, raising seven kids in a blended family with her husband, a retired
Army Major. 



Christian Picciolini - Author of "White American Youth," Founder of Free Radicals Project & Counter Extremism Expert, Former Extremist

ChristianChristian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, & a former violent extremist. After leaving the hate movement during his youth in the 1980s & 90s, he began the process rebuilding his life. Christian went on to earn a degree in international relations from DePaul University & launched Goldmill Group, a counter extremism consulting & digital media firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for producing an anti-hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from extremism. Christian’s life has been re-dedicated to helping others overcome their hate, & teaching all who are willing to learn through empathy & compassion.



Kevin Gannon - Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Professor of History, & Author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto

KevinKevin Gannon is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto
(West Virginia University Press, 2020), and is currently working on a textbook for the US Civil War and Reconstruction eras. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th. His focus is on
the lens of inclusion and race policy in the United States.





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.

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


Ottumwa Legacy Foundationconnect
Ottumwa Legacy Foundation 


Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Department of Education


Indian Hills Community College
Indian Hills Community College


Great Prairie AEA


Community 1st Credit Union

Community 1st Credit Union

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Kristen McMains, Coordinator, Academic Support Services
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5270 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5270
Email: Kristen.McMains@indianhills.edu