Educational Equity

It has long been a philosophical cornerstone of the Des Moines Independent Community School District (the District) that diversity is a key component of a quality education. Young people are far better prepared for the future when they attend school in an educational setting that reflects society’s diversity. Diversity enriches the educational climate and strengthens the educational effectiveness of our schools. All aspects of education are enhanced by different viewpoints and perspectives introduced by economic, racial and ethnic diversity.

We believe that it is within the best interest of the District to develop an employee culture reflective of the greater society, doing so serves the student populations and make the greatest use of available human resources. The world is ethnically and culturally diverse and students must be equipped with a global perspective, which will allow them to interact with all people in varying roles.

Educational Equity Statement
The Des Moines Independent Community School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

Complaint Procedure
There is a procedure in place for processing complaints of discrimination. Please click here to read the procedure in its entirety.

If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Anne Sullivan, 2323 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312; phone: 515-242-7709; email: Complaints can also be directed to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA50319-1004, (515) 281-4121, or Region VII Office for Civil Rights, Citigroup Center 500 W.Madison Street, Suite 1475 Chicago, IL 60661-4544.