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Uplifting communities and organizations working toward an equitable Iowa

We specialize in empowering organizations and marginalized communities through education, research and advocacy.

What we do

What are the lived experiences of Iowans from marginalized communities?

What are the lived experiences of Iowans from marginalized communities?

Our research tells the story of Iowans from marginalized communities. Our findings help shape policy that supports all Iowans.

Our Research
80% of participants identified documentation and lack of state-issued ID as an issue for the Latinx community. Fear of driving without a valid state license deters community members from driving their children to school, going to work, and caring for their families.
US Census data shows that Iowa spends just over $34,000/year for each prisoner, while only spending $10,000/year for each K-12 student.

Providing organizations with expertise, education, and empowerment

Our services

Policy & Systems Advocacy

Policy & Systems Advocacy

What happens in the Iowa Legislature doesn't stay there. It hits our communities the hardest. We advocate for representation at the Capitol and for laws that protect all Iowans.

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Organizational development

Organizational development

We support organizations big and small that are doing innovative work in their communities. We can support all areas of growth and want to help organizations thrive.

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Anti-Oppression Trainings

Anti-Oppression Trainings

Diversity and Inclusion trainings don't go far enough. It's not about asking people to accommodate people from marginalized communities. It's about causing a radical change of mind and heart with the facts and history of our people.

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Advocacy Training

Advocacy Training

We are designated to certify culturally specific advocates and homicide and other violent crimes advocates. Become a certified advocate by learning advocacy skills, tools for wellness and more.

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Professional Development

Professional Development

Grow both personally and professionally from our trainings on current issues, organizing, healing and wellness and more.

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Participatory action research

Participatory action research

Reseach that makes you the expert. We are all experts on our experiences. The people living their situation are also the best people to find the solution. We train on how to do this in your community and can conduct research on your behalf.

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Meet our friends & partners

“What a welcoming safe environment! A true oasis for lightworkers, people who work hard to better the lives of others, to restore, reflect and learn. Thank you Norio and [Iowa Coalition] team for recognizing a dire need in our community and stepping up to fill it.”
Yvette Herman
ArtForce Iowa
“Your training is very good. Some of the topics are heavy but [the training was] extremely informative.”
Advocate
Homicide & Other Violent Crimes Specialist Training

Join the movement.

Become a coalition member to be supported in continuing to create change in your community.

Our Impact

We build more resilient, inclusive communities across Iowa by empowering organizations to center the experiences of marginalized survivors and support their journey toward healing.

6,555
Survivors served by member programs last year
17
Programs in our member network
1,167
Professionals & community members trained this year

Our Impact

We build more resilient, inclusive communities across Iowa by empowering organizations to center the experiences of marginalized survivors and support their journey toward healing.