Crossroads – Des Moines

a civility project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

ADDRESSING RACIAL DISPARITY: WHAT’S {NOT} HAPPENING IN POLK COUNTY

 

 

TEREE CALDWELL-JOHNSON
School Board Chair, Des Moines Public Schools
CEO, Oakridge Neighborhood

 

JULY 21, 2017

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Waveland Hall
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch

The State of Black Polk County report lays it all out on the table. African Americans living in Central Iowa are less likely to own a home or have a bank account than the entire Polk County population as a whole. They’re less likely to receive a loan. Additionally, the unemployment rate for African Americans is higher here than anywhere else in Iowa–and Iowa is already ranked the highest of any state. So, how do we address the racial disparities in Polk County? What can we do to make this a better community for all? Teree Caldwell-Johnson will help us decipher the statistics and tackle the issues creating our “structural racism.”

Teree Caldwell-Johnson is the School Board Chair of the Des Moines Public Schools. She serves as the CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services, a housing and human services non-profit agency located in Des Moines, IA. Prior to assuming her position at Oakridge, Teree held progressively responsible positions in local government across the country, most recently serving as Polk County Manager from 1996-2003.

Active in the community, Teree serves on several non-profit boards, including University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Spelman College Museum Board, and The Directors Council.

RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY TUESDAY, JULY 18.
Please email 
info@interfaithallianceiowa.org or call 515.279.8715. If you make a reservation and are unable to attend, payment for your reservation is appreciated if you do not cancel by the Tuesday deadline.

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Crossroads is a monthly gathering of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. An opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.