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Iowa Civil Rights Commission Disclaimer. The information contained in this presentation is a brief overview and should not be construed as legal advice or exhaustive coverage of the topic. BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION.

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iowa civil rights commission disclaimer

Iowa Civil Rights CommissionDisclaimer

The information contained in this presentation is a brief overview and should not be construed as legal advice or exhaustive coverage of the topic.

brief overview of the iowa civil rights commission
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

A state administrative agency which enforces the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965, also known as Chapter

216 the Iowa Code

our vision
OUR VISION

A State free of Discrimination

our mission
OUR MISSION

Our mission is to enforce civil rights through Compliance, Mediation, Advocacy and Education.

areas
AREAS
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Credit
  • Public Accommodations
  • Education
protected personal characteristics
Race

Color

Creed

National Origin

Religion

Sex

Pregnancy

Physical Disability

Mental Disability

(not in Credit)

Age ( in Employment and Credit only )

Familial Status ( in Housing and Credit only )

Marital Status ( in Credit only )

Retaliation

PROTECTED PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
what is discrimination
WHAT IS DISCRIMINATION?

The act of giving unequal treatment to an individual or group of people because they are members of a certain culture or race, or because of other differences. Persons are denied equal opportunities because of their differences.

attitudes towards differences
ATTITUDES TOWARDS DIFFERENCES

Where do they come from ?

Family

Friends

Community

Television, Films and other media

contributing factors
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
  • Stereotypes
  • Prejudice
stereotype
STEREOTYPE

A misconception about an individual or group, based on the belief that all people in a certain group will act the same way.

Example: “All…………are lazy.”

prejudice
PREJUDICE
  • An irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion
  • Making up your mind about what a person or group is like before you get to know them.
what is culture
WHAT IS CULTURE ?

Culture is a shared set of belief systems, values, practices and assumptions which determine how people interact with each other and interpret the world.

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WHAT IS CULTURE ?

The learned behavior, customs and way of life of a group of people

diversity
DIVERSITY
  • All the ways that we are similar and different
  • The differences that make us each unique
  • Recognizing the differences until the differences don’t make a difference anymore.
what you can do to fight discrimination
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION
  • Know yourself and your own culture.
  • Examine your own attitudes towards people who are different from you.
  • Try to identify the origin of your negative reaction toward differences.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION
  • Decide if your biases are getting in the way.
  • Be willing to talk, listen and learn.
  • Speak out against insensitive remarks and discriminatory behavior.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION
  • Be aware of the subtleties of discrimination.
  • Be aware of how discrimination hurts and who it hurts.
  • Act as a role model.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT DISCRIMINATION
  • Take action when appropriate and address discriminatory behavior.
  • Continue to respect, accept and appreciate differences.
  • Promote diversity appreciation in your community.
iowa civil rights commission

Iowa Civil Rights Commission

211 East Maple Street, 2nd Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50309

515-281-4121

800-457-4416 (toll free)

fax: 515-242-5840

website: www.state.ia.us/government/crc