Diversity Enriches and Strengthens Our Schools

Diversity has long been a cornerstone of the Des Moines Independent Community School District and a key component of the quality education we provide. Students are better prepared when they attend school in a setting that reflects society. Diversity enriches the climate and strengthens the effectiveness of our schools. All aspects of education are enhanced by different viewpoints and perspectives that spring from economic, racial and ethnic diversity.

We believe it is in the best interests of our school district to develop an employee culture reflective of the greater society. Doing so serves the student population and makes maximum use of available human resources.

In an ethnically and culturally diverse world,  students must be equipped with a global perspective if they are to interact effectively with all people, regardless of background.

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.

The Vision for Equity at DMPS

Des Moines Public Schools serves a community rich in diversity – in every measure of the term – and strives each and every day to support our students and staff so that they thrive, learn and belong. Click here to read more about the school district’s vision for equity.

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: anne.sullivan@dmschools.org. 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.