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Equity & Inclusion

Each week we share some thoughtful ways to think about equity and diversity in our own lives. Here are some recent posts!

Alliance to Foster Equity and Inclusion

The Alliance to Foster Equity and Inclusion (Alliance) is a collaboration which started on February 22, 2022, between the Iowa Department of Education (IDE), Iowa Community Colleges, and Iowa Association of Community College Trustees. The Alliance’s mission is to promote equity, inclusion, and social justice within Iowa’s Community Colleges through education and action while also achieving the mission of a comprehensive College.

Part of the agreement was to create a statewide steering committee of Community College presidents, faculty, staff, and students to establish and maintain a statewide position to develop programming across the Iowa’s Community Colleges.

We are proud to announce that the inaugural steering committee members are:

Gisella M. Aitken-Shadle (NICC) (DEI Representative)

Vincent Boyd (IVCCD) (Executive Administrator/Cabinet)

Bridgett Elliott Golman (NIACC) (Executive Administrator/Cabinet)

Amy Foley (EICC) (College Faculty)

Todd Holcomb (HCC) (President)

Chelsea Lema (HCC) (Student)

Terry Murrell (WITCC) (President)

Val Newhouse (ILCC) (President)

Sreeja Srilatha (KCC) (HR Staff)

Revathi Truong (WITCC) (DEI Representative)

Ambé White (IWCC)

We thank them for their work at their respective Colleges, especially in DEI, and for their willingness to serve in a statewide capacity.

The steering committee will convene for their first meeting on Monday, March 21, 2022.

Religion in Equity and Diversity

Faith and religion are many times forgotten when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Also, religion can be a difficult topic for discussion especially when one of the rules is not to discuss religion with others. Learn some key terms and concepts about religion and religious bias ( to help guide conversations and increase understanding. 

What phase are you in the Inclusive Leader Continuum™?

Take the Inclusive Leader Self-Assessment™ at and enter code JBSpeaks.

Want to learn actionable insights for leading in today’s changing and uncertain environment, creating workplaces that are equitable and inclusive for all members, and becoming a purpose-driven organization? Check out this podcast at

Do you know your DEI terms?

Test your knowledge at to learn what five terms Americans had the most and least familiarity with based on quiz results, and understanding of the terms by generation and gender (

Take a Test

Measure your attitudes and beliefs by taking an Implicit Association Test (IAT) - - designed by Project Implicit.

Project Implicit is committed to challenging organizational and institutional disparities through data-driven research and education. Project Implicit produced new ways of understanding attitudes, stereotypes, and other hidden biases that influence perception, judgment, and action. They translate academic research into practical applications for addressing diversity, improving decision-making, and increasing the likelihood that practices are aligned with personal and organizational values.


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