Diversity Conference

The 19th Annual Diversity Conference is coming soon! Stay tuned for event information and registration deadlines.

The date, time, and location of this event has not yet been determined.

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:

Coming soon!


A Look at Last Year's Keynote Speakers (March 2023):

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


Information about Last Year's Breakout Sessions (March 2023):

March 2023 Breakout Session Descriptions

March 2023 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 19th Annual Diversity Conference a one-credit online course designed for the Spring 2024 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


Last Year's Meal Choices (March 2023)

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


Jessica Knapp, Director, Library Services
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5178 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5178
Email: Jessica.Knapp@indianhills.edu