Save the Date! April 23 Build an Inclusive Community!



Wednesday April 23, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM CDT
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Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, DoubleTree Hotel
350 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Driving Directions



  • National Fair Housing Alliance
  • Cedar Rapids Foundation
  • United Way of East Central Iowa
  • HUD/Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity
  • The Gazette Company
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Horizons, A Family Service Alliance
  • RED-I
  • Waypoint Services
  • Cedar Rapids Area Association of REALTORS
  • The Leadership Circle
  • City of Cedar Rapids
  • Four Oaks
  • Affordable Housing Network, Inc.
  • Jane Boyd
  • The Gazette Company
  • Linn County Public Health
  • Young Parents Network
  • Linn County Landlord Association 


Dear Diana,

Help us create a diverse and inclusive community with access to good schools, available jobs, accessible health care, safe neighborhoods, and affordable housing. The Summit is designed to bring together representatives from different sectors, such as underserved and underrepresented communities (communities of color, immigrants, LGBT, people with disabilities, etc.), local, state and federal government, philanthropists, economic development, neighborhood associations, realtors,  non-profit organizations, business, etc., to create communities where we ALL want to live and grow. 

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 The summit’s format will be:

  1. Identify the gaps (who is being left out from our community’s success)
  2. Learn about national, state and local strategies that have worked to resolve these kinds of gaps
  3. Work together to identify possible solutions   


Featured Speakers:

  • Shanna Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)
  • Lori Guilfoyle, Impact Manager (Community Capacity Building) United Way of King County, WA
  • Les Garner, CEO, Cedar Rapids Foundation
  • Leslie Wright, Vice President, Community Building, United Way of East Central Iowa
  • Richard Nemchik, Jr., Disbilities Specialist, HUD/Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity
  • Chuck Peters, CEO, The Gazette Company
  • Jesse Van Tol, Organizing Director, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Karl Cassell, President/CEO, Horizons, A Family Service Alliance
  • John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission
  • And many more

**Scholarships available for community members 


For more information:


Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission