DEI Toolkit

Your journey to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion concepts within your organization begins here!  

Building a workforce where all people feel welcome and included can increase job satisfaction, attract new workers and strengthen employee retention. It can also help your organization’s staff and leaders understand issues facing the people and communities you serve.

We at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque are on our own journey to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) concepts into our work. We have collected numerous resources and learning tools that we have used in our DEI workshops for team members, and we are pleased to share them with any organization that is seeking to deepen its staff’s understanding of these important issues.

These resources come from our staff’s personal research as well as recommendations from community members. If you have a resource you think would be helpful to include in this toolkit, share it with us! Email Clara Lopez Ortiz at

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Our Story

Glean insights from the Community Foundation’s DEI learning journey to help you start your own.

Why DEI?

Learn how deepening your understanding of DEI issues can have benefits for you and your organization.

Resources By Topic

Systemic Racism

How do laws, policies and practices in sectors like housing, criminal justice and employment impact racial and ethnic minorities?


How are life experiences shaped by gender identity or sexual preference?


What words are helpful to understand when discussing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion?


What disaggregated information is available to highlight opportunities for strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion?

Local Populations

What are the issues facing the Dubuque region’s diverse community members?

Local Programs

What community resources are available for more information on supporting all people in the Dubuque region?

Staff Picks

The Community Foundation team is happy to recommend resources that have helped us in our work and in our understanding of the community. Check out our recommendations!