Cultural Diversity & Equity

September 2021 Newsletter

In This Issue

  1. Department Updates
  2. Shout-Out to our Staff
  3. Shout-Out to our Students
  4. National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month
  5. National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
  6. 9/11 20th Anniversary
  7. Mid-Autumn Festival
  8. Upcoming Events
  9. Religious Holidays
To check out more from the Equity department, go to our webpage:

Welcome Brad Kelly, Restorative Justice Coordinator

Brad will be joining the Equity team as the new Restorative Justice Coordinator, and would like to let the district know about himself and his work! Brad will work to bring restorative practices into the buildings. He has worked as a Student Advisory Coordinator at Southeast Jr. High for 4 years and has been with our district for 6 years.

Prior to coming to Iowa City, Brad worked in Social Services in both Oakland and San Francisco, CA for 15 years. He worked with youth, adult, and elderly populations in a restorative practice manner.

"I find it a privilege to walk, listen, talk and sometimes help people along their life journey." - Brad Kelly

Welcome Frederick Newell, L.E.A.D Project Director

Fred Newell has taken the position of L.E.A.D. Project Director and has joined our Equity team this year! Fred has worked in the district helping to lift up our kids and is a well-respected voice in our community.Below is a message from Fred to our ICCSD Students, Families, and Staff:

"I'm excited to be back here in the district. I am looking forward to building a comprehensive youth development program that will help in the areas of academic achievement, leadership, personal development, school connectedness, and growth." - Frederick Newell

We are so excited to have Brad and Fred on our team, and we look forward to all of the amazing work they will do for our students!

Welcome to Our New ICCSD Leadership Fellows

We would like to introduce you to our new Leadership Fellows!

As part of the Iowa Community School District’s COVID-19 response plan and as an element of the District’s “Grow Our Own” initiative, we would like to introduce our new Leadership Program Fellows, who are part of the two-year Leadership Fellowship Program.

The Fellowship Program provides aspiring administrators the opportunity to serve in building-level leadership positions for two school years. While the day-to-day responsibilities will vary, Fellows will lead summer school programs in summer 2022 and 2023 and will be instrumental in leading building-wide restorative justice efforts. Our Fellows will also get to learn the ins and outs of the District—our programs, services, and District leaders—so they can better support our schools.

Learn more about the ICCSD fellowship program and meet our new fellows here:

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

We know that many are understandably concerned about COVID-19 at the start of this new school year. Please click here to see our district COVID-19 Information. This is a developing situation, so check back frequently for any changes or updates.

To view federal and state guidelines for COVID-19, please click here to see the most up-to-date Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidance and click here to see the most up-to-date CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools


Did you know that all of our secondary schools in the Iowa City Community School District have a GSA? And did you know that they are all accepting new members? If you are a student who identifies as LGBTQIA+ or as an ally to the community, keep reading for more information on how to connect!

What is a GSA?
  • A Gender Sexuality Alliance or a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-led or community-based organization, found in middle and high schools as well as colleges and universities, that are intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQIA youth (or those who are perceived as such) and their straight allies.

GSA By School:

City High School
  • GLOW: Glow is available to all students wanting to create a safe school environment for the LGBTQ community. Members of this group strive to educate City High about LGBT issues and to spread positive messages.
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Sponsor: Tony Balcaen (
  • Co Sponsor: Jill Humston (

Liberty High
  • PRISM: PRISM focuses on inclusivity and acceptance in our community. Our goal is to create a safe and empowering environment within our school by educating teachers and students on minority issues and discussing problems within the community. Open to all!
  • Meeting Time: Every Tuesday after school
  • Sponsor: Jennifer Saylor ( & Melissa Nies (

Tate High School
  • Glitter Club: Glitter Club is an all-inclusive, supportive, safe place for students to meet and talk about issues. We have weekly topics, hold fund raisers, help with school functions, and attend the yearly LGBTQIA+ Youth Governor’s Conference. It is a fun and chill space to meet friends, eat snacks, and feel loved for being you!
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Sponsor: Jamie Ellis ( )

West High School

North Central Junior High School
  • NCJH GSA: NCJH GSA is for anyone who is any LGBTQ+ identity or preference, or an ally. This is an open and accepting environment that is a safe place to talk and have a good time.
  • Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 4:00pm via Zoom
  • Sponsor: Jessica Bovey (

Northwest Junior High School
  • Colors Club: Colors Club is a community organizing the loving of others regardless of sexuality. We offer a safe, educational space for LGBTQ folks and allies.
  • Meeting Time: Thursdays at 5:00pm via Zoom
  • Sponsor: Lauren Darby (

Southeast Junior High School
  • GLOW CLUB: The mission of the SE Glow club is to educate the community about LGBTQIA issues; to build and support acceptance for everyone; to work to end bullying, harassment, and ignorant behavior in our school; to empower people to love themselves; and to be supportive friends to each other.
  • Meeting Time: Alternating Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00-5:00 p.m
  • Sponsor: Sara Jones (

We need your help with vocabulary!

Anyone who has worked in education, or has had a child in the public school district, knows that there are a lot of terminologies to learn and remember! From writing IEPs, attending EAC, or spending time in the SAC, that's a lot of letters to keep track of!

Often, this short-hand, although needed, can act as a barrier between staff, families, and students. Having open communication where all parties are on the same page is extremely important.

This month, the Department of Diversity is asking you to help us compile a comprehensive list of acronyms and terms related to the K-12 school system!

What are some acronyms that you use in regards to education?

Submit your acronyms to Andrea Jayne (

Shout-Out to our Teachers

This month we are giving a shout-out to one of our 3rd-grade teachers at Garner Elementary, Uby Martinez!

Mr. Martinez is originally from Conesville, IA, and has been with our school district since 2004 when he started working at Horace Mann Elementary. He worked there until Garner opened, and has been there ever since!

Some things about Mr. Martinez, in his free time he enjoys fishing and watching his kids in their activities. His wife Carrie is also a teacher in the district and teaches Kindergarten at Van Allen, and he has three daughters that attend ICCSD Schools!

Thank you for all your amazing work at Garner, we all appreciate you!

Do you know a teacher or staff member who should be our next shout-out? Reach out and let us know!

Shout-Out to Our Students

This month we'd like to give a big shout-out to the South East Jr. High OUTReach Leadership HAWK SQUAD and its alum at City High!

The OUTReach Leadership HAWK SQUAD is a student group made up of 8th graders. They are working to build community at Southeast Jr. High through many venues, all stemming from a restorative transformation lens.

Before the school year started, this group was the driving force to plan and implement the first SEJH Open House Social! Students and parents were able to come to their school, meet their teachers, and take a look at their new classrooms in a safe and exciting way!

The Open House Social was a huge success, and the hard work put in by the students really paid off.

To the students on the OUTReach Leadership HAWKSQUAD, your dedication and passion for restorative practices and community building are inspiring! Keep up the amazing work!

Do you know a student who should be our next shout-out? Reach out and let us know!

Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana 2021
September 15th to October 15th is National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month! This is a time to celebrate the histories of all our Hispanic/Latino students, staff, families, and community members, and appreciate different cultures while learning about contributions from this diverse community!

Hispanic/Latino Heritage month began as only a week-long observance in 1968 and grew into an entire month-long event to recognize the contributions of Hispanic/Latino/Latinx Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the Hispanic population, as of July 2019, was 60.6 million, making it the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority, and 18.5% of the nation's total population!

Why September?

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th-October 15th because it coincides with Independence Day celebrations with many different Latin American nations. Five other countries; Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua declared independence from Spain on September 15th, 1821. Mexico's independence day is on September 16th, 1810. Chile celebrates its independence on September 18th, 1810 (from Spain), and Belize on September 21st, 1981 (from Great Britain).

Who is included?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month celebrates those who claim ancestry to Spain, Mexico, and Spanish speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. These countries include: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Hispanic vs. Latino vs. Latinx

Why are we using the terms Hispanic and Latino? Because the communities and cultures that are celebrated this month are very diverse and have rich individual histories and stories. This means that not everyone will always agree on everything. Using the terms Hispanic, Latino, or even Latinx has been a regularly debated topic in modern history, and there isn't one right answer.

In fact, many individuals prefer to be considered and referred to by their country of origin rather than an umbrella term.

As we've discussed before, there is diversity within diversity, and sometimes a term that works for an individual may not work for others, so we need to respect and give space to others and to ourselves to find the terms that work best. The diverse population in question should always have the power to identify as they wish, and words or names should never be forced upon them.

To learn more about the history behind these terms, click here.


Cloud Bar: Hispanic Heritage Month by SoundCloud

Check out this amazing community resource: The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC)

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC Iowa), specifically LULAC Council 308 in Iowa City, is a wonderful community resource and is the largest and oldest civil rights Hispanic Organization in the United States.

LULAC Council 308 Chapter in Iowa City provides a variety of services and advocates for the Latino community in areas such as Education, Infrastructure, Housing, Diversity, and Healthcare.

Last year, LULAC Partnered with Open Heartland to provide online learning opportunities such as tutoring for our students and parents. They address the growing achievement gap among Latino students that has worsened during the pandemic with limited access to online support, translation services, and access to reliable internet.

We are grateful to all of our community partners that have prioritized diversity during the pandemic, and helped to support our ICCSD Families.

Looking for Lesson Plans?

For our teachers at any level, take a look at the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) lesson plan resources to celebrate Hispanic/Latino Heritage month!

  • "In commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we present this resource to help teachers engage students in thinking broadly and critically about the Hispanic American experience in all of its complexity. In highlighting the significant events as well as people that have made a substantial contribution to the Latino/Hispanic experience, instruction should incorporate history, literature, point of view, politics, first-person experience, the arts, and the struggle for equity."

- Excerpt from ADL Lesson Plan

Click here to download this lesson plan

Take a look at these resources to learn more about Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month!

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time to raise awareness of this topic and to open up the conversation and remove shame from the discussion of mental health.

Suicide can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender, ethnicity, religion, etc. It is the 10th leading cause of death the in United States and is often preventable if we take the proper steps to address the issue at a systemic level.

Whether you are a student, staff, family, or community member, please look at the resources below. Mental Health is everyone's responsibility, and we can change the conversation surrounding it if we work together.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of September 11th

Dear Families and Staff,

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that unfolded in our country on September 11, 2001, we want to take a moment to honor those that lost their lives on that historic day. Unfortunately, this tragedy continues to have an impact on our country, most recently witnessed through the bombing last month when 13 U.S. troops lost their lives at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. It is important to take time to recognize how these events continue to impact individuals both nationally and locally.

While we understand that these events provide the opportunity for teachable moments within our classrooms, we also recognize that these events can affect students, staff, and families in varying ways. Below please find a list of local and national support services that are available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know is in need of support.

Voices Center for Resilience: Voices Center for Resilience (VOICES) is a non-profit organization that assists communities in preparing for and recovering from traumatic events and provides long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness for victims’ families, responders, and survivors.

Tuesday's Children: The goal at Tuesday’s Children is to ensure that families who have suffered losses due to the events of 9/11, post-9/11 military service, or other acts of mass violence and terrorism always have a comforting place to turn to for support and community.

9/11 Memorial and Museum: The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance.

Additional Local Support Resources:

Please know that we as a school district family are here for you, as well as these dedicated local and national resources listed above. #ICCSDtogether


Matt Degner
Iowa City Community School District

Have a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

September 11th and 12th mark the Mid-Autumn Festival (Or Moon Festival)! This festival is celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian people. It is the second most important day of the Chinese New Year, and the celebration dates back over 3,000 years!

To learn more about the Mooncake, click here.

To learn more about the legend of Chang E. click here.

Where can I get mooncakes?

In Case You Missed It!

ABHW Webinar Series Presents: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), “Reducing Our Nation’s Suicide Rate Through Research, Education, and Advocacy”

Tuesday, Aug. 31st, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention through education, advocacy, research, and support. In this presentation, speakers will share what they have learned about suicide and its prevention through research, as well as the federal and state policy changes that can support AFSP’s Project 2025.


Renee Cruz, MPH, AFSP Vice President of Project 2025
Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, AFSP Vice President of Research
Taylor Kleffel, LSW, MSW, AFSP Manager of State Policy
This is a widely-attended event.

Register at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

In-Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

Thursday, Sep. 9th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

WhenThursday, September 9, 2021, 5 – 6 PM

SponsorPortrait Gallery

Event LocationOnline via Zoom

CostFree-- registration required.

Get Tickets or…

CategoriesWebcasts & Online


Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.

This September, we’re excited to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month! How can the past experiences of Latina leaders inform our perspectives on social justice in education today? Together with the Smithsonian Latino Center, we’ll explore this key question while analyzing a portrait of educator and activist Antonia Pantoja and the portrayal of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in “The Four Justices.” Free—Registration required.

To register for this event, click here.

UoI LGBTQ Safe Zone: Phase I

Thursday, Sep. 9th, 9-11am

This is an online event.

The LGBTQ Safe Zone Project is a campus-wide program that offers a visible message of inclusion, affirmation, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the university community.

Phase I introduces basic LGBTQ terms and concepts, helps participants develop an appreciation for the experiences of the LGBTQ people, and brings an overall awareness of LGBTQ issues. Participants will be encouraged to think about how they can create a more inclusive environment and will be prepared to provide resources to LGBTQ people.

To register for courses, sign into UI Employee Self Service, click on "My Training" to be rerouted to Learning and Development. Click on “Enroll in Courses” tab and use search bars to find desired sessions. If you are an undergraduate student or a community member, please email to learn more and register.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Diversity Resources in advance at 319-353-2388 or

World Suicide Prevention Day All-day Facebook Live

Friday, Sep. 10th, 12-8pm

This is an online event.

Please join us on World Suicide Prevention Day for an all-day Facebook Live event featuring a #RealConvo Concert, Ask Dr. Jill, and panel conversations on mental health and suicide prevention. Tune in from 12-8pm ET on

To register for this event, click here.

NCBI: Leadership for Equity and Inclusion

Friday, Sep. 10th, 9am-4:30pm

This is an online event.

The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) workshops and principles are being used on hundreds of campuses, K-12 schools, corporations, law enforcement programs, communities, domestic and international political organizations, and peace negotiations. At the University of Iowa, our team offers courses, free of charge, to the campus and community.

The Leadership for Equity and Inclusion session is a full-day workshop that invites participants to reflect on how identity has shaped their experiences and their leadership. Working together, participants will build skills for coalition-building and effectively interrupting hurtful comments and behaviors.

To register for courses, sign into UI Employee Self Service, click on "My Training" to be rerouted to Learning and Development. Click on “Enroll in Courses” tab and use search bars to find desired sessions. If you are an undergraduate student or a community member, please email to learn more and register.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Diversity Resources in advance at 319-353-2388 or

Youth in Action: Environmental Justice in South America/Juventud en acción: Justicia ambiental en Sudamérica

Thursday, Sep. 16th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

WhenThursday, September 16, 2021, 4 – 5 PM

SponsorAmerican Indian Museum

Event LocationOnline

CostFree | Registration required
Gratis | se requiere inscripción

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CategoriesLectures & Discussions, Webcasts & Online



How do you make environmental development more just and equitable? Join the museum’s cultural interpreters in a conversation with young Indigenous activists from South America who are combating overexploitation of natural resources and developing more sustainable solutions.

This conversation will take place in Spanish. Simultaneous English interpretation and closed captioning in Spanish and English will be available.

This program is part of the Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future series, which features young Native activists and changemakers from across the Western Hemisphere who are working towards equity and social justice for Indigenous peoples.

Image: Youth outside the Brazilian embassy protesting the wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, Bogotá, Colombia, August 23, 2019. The signs read “The future is the youth, but we are youth without future” and “If you don't behave like adults, we will do it.” REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez. Alamy Stock Photo


¿Cómo se puede lograr que el desarrollo ambiental sea más justo y equitativo? Únete a los intérpretes culturales del museo en una conversación con jóvenes activistas indígenas de Sudamérica que luchan contra la sobre explotación de los recursos naturales y desarrollan soluciones más sostenibles.

Esta conversación se llevará a cabo en español. Estarán disponibles subtítulos en español e inglés y su interpretación simultánea en inglés.

Este programa es parte de la serie Juventud en acción: Conversaciones sobre nuestro futuro, que presenta a jóvenes activistas y agentes de cambio indígenas en el hemisferio occidental quienes trabajan hacia la equidad y la justicia social para los pueblos indígenas.

Foto: Jóvenes afuera de la embajada brasileña protestan los incendios descontrolados en el Amazonas, Bogotá, Colombia, 23 de agosto de 2019. Los carteles dicen “El futuro son los jóvenes, pero somos jóvenes sin futuro” y “Si ustedes no actúan como adultos, nosotros lo haremos”. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez. Fotografía de Alamy

To register for this event, click here.

Upcoming Events

Dive in with the Stanley: Rufino Tamayo

Tuesday, Sep. 21st, 7pm

This is an online event.

Enjoy a fun, informative hour with Director Lauren Lessing and film critic Uri Lessing as they dive into the details of a work from the museum’s collection and bring it to life.

This week, Lauren and Uri are celebrating National Hispanic – Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) by exploring Rufino Tamayo's Virgin of Guadalupe. They will go live on Instagram at 7:00 p.m. September 21 to take a deep dive with you into what you see when looking at the artwork.

The program will be saved to Instagram TV if you are not able to join us live.

Follow the Stanley on Instagram: @uistanleymusem

To register for this event, click here.

Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival

Saturday, Sep. 25th, 8am to Sunday, Sep. 26th, 10pm

1330 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA

Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival is the only two-day Latino Heritage festival in the state. The exclusive Sabor Latino event features everything, meaning there’s something for everyone during the action-packed weekend in #DesMoines.

To learn more about this event, click here.


Saturday, Sep. 25th, 9am-3pm

2600 Southwest 9th Street

Des Moines, IA

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community
  • Collaborate across the spectrum of identities and experiences
  • Empower each other to build on successful student organizations

This is a FREE event for middle and high school students, but a ticket is required for meal count purposes; please keep this in mind when registering for the event. The theme of this event is Advocacy. Leadership. Expression. and will feature three different tracks of workshops for students and a workshop track for advisors. If you have questions about the event, please email GSA Coordinator Kaylyn at

Exhibitor spots are open! If you would like to exhibit at the event, please call 515.381.0588 or email

Iowa Safe Schools reserves the right to review registrations and decline for any reason. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available to attendees.

This free event is open to students, GSAs, and advisors. Make sure you register at so we can count you in for a meal. We'll see you Saturday, September 25th in Des Moines.

Wednesday, Sep. 29th, 11:30am-12pm

This is an online event.

Cambalache, named for a Spanish word that means “exchange,” is a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles. Founded in 2007 and led by César Castro (sonero, maestro and luthier from Veracruz, Mexico), Cambalache plays and promotes traditional son jarocho through performance, music workshops, and educational demonstrations. Son jarocho comes from Veracruz, Mexico, on the gulf coast, a cultural region shaped by Indigenous, African, and Spanish culture.

In the spirit of the fandango, a traditional celebration of music and dance, Cambalache engages its audience through participatory performances. In 2010, Cambalache organized an important fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Karl in Veracruz, thus strengthening decades of social and cultural exchange of the Chicano-Jarocho network. Cambalache’s educational mission involves demonstrations from elementary school to universities, museums and music festivals.

The music of Cambalache was featured on August 7, 2011 on NPR’s All Things Considered, whose host commented: “Son Jarocho has been popular in Los Angeles, going back to the 1950s with Ritchie Valens, then Los Lobos. Today, it’s a part of the regular soundtrack of Latino music in East L.A.” Castro and fellow Cambalache member Xochi Flores appeared in the 2014 Homegrown concert of Son Jarocho Master Musicians.

To register for this event, click here.

National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Sunday, Oct. 3rd, 1pm

220 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240

The Iowa City Parks and Recreation will be hosting their first HAHM celebration event for youth and families. An afternoon full of hands-on activities to celebrate the colorful cultures, rich histories, and diversity of the Hispanic American community that the whole family can enjoy.

This event is free. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.

To learn more, click here.

Commemorative Observances

Commemorative Observances

This year we will acknowledge the various diverse cultures that are celebrated throughout the year. We understand that our calendar may not be all-inclusive, so if you are aware of any cultural holidays or months of observance that we should know about, feel free to reach out and let us know.

African American History Month (February)
National African American History Month in February celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation's history.

Women's History Month (March)
Women’s History Month honors and celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.

Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions which Irish-Americans have made to the United States.

Jewish American Heritage Month (May)
Jewish American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions Jewish Americans have made to America since they first arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May)

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (June)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ Americans.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and honors five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their Independence days in September.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)
National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the accomplishments in the workplace of persons with disabilities and reaffirms the commitment to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all citizens.

American Indian Heritage Month (November)
National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.

By Month

Happy Holidays!

We'd love to give a big shout-out to all the holidays happening in September! If you celebrate any of these, we hope that you have an amazing day for yourself and your families!

  • Ecclesiastic New Year - Wednesday, September 1st
  • Rosh Hashanah - Tuesday, September 7th - Wednesday, September 8th
  • ‘Izzat (Might) - Tuesday, September 7th
  • Nativity of Virgin Mary - Wednesday, September 8th
  • Tzom Gedaliah - Thursday, September 9th
  • Ganesh Chaturthi - Friday, September 10th
  • Me-Wuk Acorn Festival - Saturday, September 11th
  • Holy Cross Day - Tuesday, September 14th
  • Yom Kippur - Thursday, September 16th
  • Vishwakarma Puja - Friday, September 17th
  • Nativity of the Theotokos - Tuesday, September 21st
  • Sukkot - Tuesday, September 21st - Monday, September 27th
  • Mabon - Tuesday, September 21st - Wednesday, September 29th
  • Mashíyyat (Will) - Sunday, September 26th
  • Arba'een - Monday, September 27th - Tuesday, September 28th
  • Shemini Atzeret - Wednesday, September 29th
  • Simchat Torah - Wednesday, September 29th
  • Michael and All Angels - Wednesday, September 29th

Who is in the Equity Department?

Luke Dillon, Assistant Director of Equity and Instruction and Principal of ICCSD K-12 Online Learning Program

About Us

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Eric Howard, Director of Equity & Employee Relations