Multicultural Development Center of Iowa

Multicultural Development Center of Iowa

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Did you know that our popular golf tournament is a major fundraiser for the Business Partnership in our continuing efforts to promote and support our members? You get to enjoy networking, fun, prizes and golf while also supporting our organization.

This year's tournament will be held at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course at Riverside Casino in Riverside, Iowa on September 23rd. Learn more and register your team on our website at https://bit.ly/3LyhChn

Thank you to our presenting sponsors for making this event possible!
Multicultural Development Center of Iowa
Stirlingshire of Coralville
United Iowa Financial
We are thrilled to share that local STEM enthusiast, activist, and founder of the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa, Tracy Jon Sargeant, will be leading an interactive STEM workshop at this year's PrideCon event for LGBTQ+ youth!
Are you a BIPOC-owned business or entrepreneur in Johnson County? Could your business grow with a little help (computers/software, marketing, business loans, legal and accounting advice, and industry experts as mentors)? Check out the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa’s free 16-week program. Classes start 3/23 at 5:30pm.
Our final 2021 Think Iowa City BRAVO award winner is non-other than Tracy Jon Sargeant! Our BRAVO awards acknowledge individuals who are making our entire community a better place to live, work, and visit.

Tracy Jon Sergeant is the founder and Executive Director of the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa. He founded MDC Iowa in 2017 to address the inequities in STEM and recently expanded to include a BIPOC Business Accelerator and Mentoring program. In 2021, Among others, Tracy Jon also co-founded Re-Connect to establish a collaborative group, which combines the efforts of likeminded racial equity-focused organizations in Johnson County.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from MidWestOne Bank, each BRAVO Award recipient is awarded $250 to direct to a non-profit of their choice. Tracy has chosen to donate to the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa.
We're excited to welcome the following businesses to our Business Partnership family! Multicultural Development Center of Iowa, Gordon Fischer Law Firm, P.C., IGYM Tiffin, SpareMeIC, Tavern Blue, and FIRSTCALL Restoration.
Gratitude: having a website is a real game changer in terms of getting my small business out there and keeping things organized.

Thanks to the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa ‘s BIPOC Business Accelerator program, I have been able to learn so much more and gain access to resources and knowledge that expands my reach and confidence!

Be on the lookout for my new website as I put the finishing touches on it
All are welcome to join us next Friday, February 25th for STEM Celebration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Tracy Jon Sargeant of the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa.

Refreshments begin at 4PM. Event: 4:30 - 5:30PM at 3630 Seamans Center or virtually: http://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96251510002
Our annual Think Iowa City BRAVO awards acknowledge individuals who are making our entire community a better place to live, work, and visit. Congrats to our next recipient, Candice Smith!

Candice is a production scientist at Integrated DNA Technologies and Creator and CEO of I Heart Black Business, an event management company that among other things provides a platform of support and networking for black entrepreneurs in Iowa. I Heart’s mission is to strengthen the black community, increase public awareness about black-owned businesses, and inspire future young black entrepreneurs.

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from MidWestOne Bank, each BRAVO Award recipient is awarded $250 to direct to a non-profit of their choice. Candice has chosen to donate to the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa .
We're thrilled to welcome Tracy Jon Sargeant to our Board of Directors!

Tracy Jon Sargeant is the founder and Executive Director of the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa. Sargeant founded MDC Iowa in 2017 to address the inequities in STEM and recently expanded to include a BIPOC Business Accelerator and Mentoring program. In 2021, Tracy Jon co-founded RE|Connect to establish a collaborative group which combines the efforts of likeminded racial equity-focused organizations in Johnson County.
As part of our More for Your Community grant program, Theisen's is happy to support Iowa City Free Medical & Dental Clinic, Coralville Community Food Pantry, North Liberty Community Pantry, Open Heartland, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Tiffin Fire Department, Iowa, The Iowa Children's Museum, Multicultural Development Center of Iowa, and Waypoint Services. Every year Theisen's donates $350,000 to local communities and we are proud to sponsor these area charitable organizations. Learn more about the Theisen's More for Your Community grant program here - https://www.theisens.com/about-theisens/we-give-back.
We are honored and excited to be a part of the Racial Equity Connect Collective along with our friends from Astig Planning LLC, Multicultural Development Center of Iowa, Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, LULAC Council 308, Banjo Knits Empowerment LLC, Iowa City Bike Library, Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa:: Centro de Justicia Laboral, and Dream City. This is important work and we are committed to playing a role in advancing racial equity and inclusive economic development in our community.
Tracy Jon Sargeant, Security Engineer at Check Point Software Technologies and Founder of Multicultural Development Center of Iowa, supports the next generation of Iowa tech professionals through his leadership, mentoring, and strategic outreach.

Celebrate Tracy at Catalysts Live on Tuesday, December 7 - http://ow.ly/Tcic50GFBN8

Presented by Corteva Agriscience

#CatalystsSeries #UniteIowaTech

The Multicultural Development Center of Iowa is a nonprofit organization with a mission to serve by providing access to education and economic support to promote diversity as a strength and racial equity as a priority for everyone.

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06/18/2022

The awesome and amazing Mayor Bruce Teague getting us started at the Iowa City Juneteenth Celebration at Mercer Park. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a great event. Special thanks to Ashley and Epy from @greenstatecu for single-handedly planning the financial literacy for today.

Timeline photos 06/17/2022

We are never disappointed when we trust Juan from SYNcere Printing, LLC with our promotional items. Whether it's t-shirts, hats, banners, pens, or anything else we can think of putting our logo on, he ALWAYS delivers. These shirts for the 2022 Juneteenth Celebration turned out better than expected. If you are not using Syncere Printing then you are missing out on an opportunity to support an Iowa Targeted Small Business, a veteran, and a master of his craft.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 06/16/2022

It's almost impossible for middle-aged men to look cool doing VR but somehow Steve looks better doing it than I do. We're so excited about the special work that we are doing with Shive-Hattery and can't wait to share more details. Mark and Mariam are amazing to work with and truly understand our mission to serve which is reflected in their design. More news coming soon!

06/16/2022

Are you getting excited for the Juneteenth Celebration in Our Neighborhood this weekend? We are and we've been up late at night making all sorts of fun things to commemorate the event. Check out these LED lights that we'll be giving away to five (5) lucky winners of our raffle on Saturday! The Iowa City Bike Library will be giving away a few bikes and MDC Iowa will be doing live demonstrations of 3D printing plus a free STEM activity for every kid that stops by our tent. You don't want to miss the food, music, and bounce houses in Iowa City at Mercer Park from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, June 18th.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 06/10/2022

What are you doing June 17 - 19? If you are going to be in Iowa City, please consider participating in one of the Johnson County Juneteenth Celebration events.

MDC Iowa is excited to part of this year's celebration and will have a kid-friendly STEM activity at the Juneteenth in our Neighborhood event at Mercer Park in Iowa City on June 18th from 11am to 3pm. Come out to celebrate our food, culture, and resilience as a community.

Be sure to come to the Downtown at Sundown in downtown Iowa City on Friday, June 17th for live music, food, games, basketball, and a fashion show!

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/jciajuneteenth

Timeline photos 06/09/2022

It takes local community partnerships to do the work that we do and it wouldn't be possible without the financial support from the city, county, and private businesses.

We are so grateful for our newest partner, Hills Bank, who has joined us in our fight for racial justice and equity in our communities. This new partnership has already enhanced our programs and services by providing financial literacy training and support for our BIPOC Business Accelerator participants. Hills Bank is not just committed to supporting minority-owned businesses but also improving the lack of diversity in the lending industry and intentionally promoting small businesses. We will be collaborating on how to improve the pipeline of BIPOC candidates that need our support in pursuing a career in banking.

It was great to have a few of our local board members (Matt and Julia), our summer interns (Kaitlyn and Ebenezer), and Kate from ICAD Group present to accept the donation from Matt Olson of Hills Bank.

Timeline photos 06/08/2022

MDC Iowa is super excited to introduce our new Volunteer Coordinator, Trevor Whitaker. Trevor is from Superior, Wisconsin and currently works as a Technology Specialist for a credit union near his hometown. Trevor has led classes for community members on technology literacy and in his free time he likes to ride bikes, listen to music, and play with his dog.

In addition to his experience in technology advocacy and education, Trevor is an involved outdoor access advocate. He volunteers at the Iowa City Bike Library and runs Gear Cellar, an outdoor gear library through which Eastern Iowans can borrow specialized outdoor equipment for free.

At MDC Iowa, Trevor hopes to recruit and wrangle volunteers, and help develop actionable
plans to further the reach and scope of MDC Iowa's programs, continuing his dedication to removing access barriers for black and brown people.

You can typically find Trevor at the INNOV8 Lab on 1222 S. Gilbert Ct, contact Trevor ([email protected]) to volunteer!

06/07/2022

Next week, MDC Iowa's STEM Factory will be open to kids throughout the summer on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 am-5 pm! Join us to explore STEM through projects in robotics, coding, 3D Printing, and more 🎉

Contact our Associate Program Director ([email protected]) to sign up your child, volunteer, or learn more!

Things to Know-
Location: 1927 S Keokuk St, Iowa City, IA, 52240
Price: FREE
Bring: Snacks and lunch

Timeline photos 06/07/2022

Starting next week MDC Iowa's STEM Factory will be open to kids throughout the summer on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 am-5 pm! Join us to explore STEM through hands-on learning projects in robotics, coding, 3D Printing, and more 🎉

Contact our Associate Program Director ([email protected]) to sign up your child, volunteer, or learn more!

Things to Know-
Location: 1927 S Keokuk St, Iowa City, IA, 52240
Price: FREE
Bring: Snacks and lunch

Timeline photos 06/07/2022

So proud to accept this proclamation recognizing June 19th as Juneteenth National Freedom Day from Mayor Teague of Iowa City. I accepted this proclamation with Johnson County Supervisor, Royceann Porter on behalf of the 60+ people that worked hard to plan and coordinate the celebrations of freedom taking place throughout Johnson County on June 17th, 18th, and 19th.

If you are not sure why Juneteenth is so important please read more here: https://www.history.com/news/what-is-juneteenth

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 05/29/2022

Thank you to each of the private donors that support our programs. When you think about your donations, we want to you remember the smiling faces of these underserved kids that have an opportunity to be part of the future of STEM because of you.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 05/26/2022

If you can’t tell that I really enjoy mentoring and teaching young people then you haven’t been paying attention 😃

Andrew got his first lesson in by assembling the enclosure for our CNC and laser cutting machine. Pure joy!

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 05/17/2022

We’re getting sooooo close! The maker space (code name: INNOV8 Lab) has 20 3D printers, 2 laser cutters and engravers, 2 CNC machines, sewing machines, table saw, routers, mitre saw, hand tools, planer, CAD workstation, and has a full conference room for collaboration. INNOV8 Lab, a free community service by MDC Iowa, will be open to the public starting on June 1st. Stay tuned for grand opening information.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 05/06/2022

Teamwork makes the dream work! Maddie and Trevor are getting our maker space ready. We’re super excited for you all to have access to this space. MDC Iowa’s INNOV8 Lab will be a free community service in Johnson County. Stay tuned for our grand opening date.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 05/01/2022

I was so excited to teach my favorite class (3D Design + 3D Printing) this weekend but the Universe had other plans. 30 minutes into a 2-hour class the computers stopped working and only one student could do the project. I could have reacted poorly or given up but instead, I used the opportunity to teach critical thinking. We observed, analyzed, inferred, communicated, and problem solved together as a class. In the end, it was too complex of an issue to fix during class but these amazing young students kept a great attitude and stayed open to a new learning experience.

We still learned about 3D printing but were unable to design our own models so we'll try again in the next class. Special thanks to the grandmother that brought 6 of her grandkids and the dad that stayed for the entire class learning side by side with his son. This really felt like community today and we are so thankful for those who trust us to show up for their kids even when things don't go as planned.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 04/10/2022

How do you improve diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)? By intentionally improving access to learning experiences for historically underrepresented people one project at a time.

Our first class in our new location was a success and the kids loved building their own robots. Thank you Matt Butler and Maddie for co-teaching this class with me. We seriously have the best team of staff and volunteers.

Timeline photos 04/03/2022

Registration for Let’s Build a Robot - Part 1 and 2 is now open. This free STEM learning experience will be held at our STEM Factory in Iowa City on Saturday, April 9th and May 28th from 11am - 2pm. No prior robot or programming experience is required. Join us for a fun, hands-on class to learn how robots work and make yours dance, follow you, and avoid obstacles. Registration and attendance in Part 1 is required to participate in Part 2. Each student will receive their own robot to continue their learning at home after Part 2.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 04/02/2022

Sometimes I almost feel guilty that I have so many rewarding opportunities to work with young people in our community. I was so inspired and energized by these amazing, brave, and resilient students at United Action for Youth's PrideCon. Some of them had considered a STEM degree or career but we found some new recruits! They had so much fun learning the science behind electric motors while making their own.

It is so important to have a diverse STEM workforce and this next generation will not only help us innovate but also make sure that all marginalized people are represented in the future. One student thanked me for making STEM learning more accessible because they had never had an opportunity to learn science like this before. This confirmed what I have been saying for years... we need more project-based, hands-on learning experiences in STEM for our youth.

Timeline photos 04/01/2022

Reminder to celebrate Black History every month not just in February. Special thanks to our partner at SEJH Library, Ms. Sims. These Essential Black Wisdom books and 3D printed bookmarks will be a source of inspiration and strength for all students all year long.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 03/31/2022

Look what arrived today! We thought this Pride in STEM pin would be the perfect way to commemorate this year’s PrideCon. Big Thank You to UAY for inviting us to be part of this amazing event.

Timeline photos 03/20/2022

MDC Iowa’s STEM Factory class schedule for Spring 2022 is now available. Check out the new, fun, hands-on STEM learning experiences at mdciowa.org/stem

Multicultural Development in Iowa

At the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa we want to see a world where every individual has the support to visualize their future and have the tools and support to pursue that goal regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender.

We exist to shape a better world for all through community partnerships, both public and private collaborations, and programs that address the challenges of underrepresented people in Eastern Iowa.

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