About MDC of Iowa
The Multicultural Development Center of Iowa is a non-profit organization with a mission to serve the community by providing access to education and economic support to promote a multicultural society where diversity is recognized as a strength and the underrepresented have the support of a community that encourages knowledge, respect, equality, and inclusivity. Our logo is inspired by those principles and represents the growth that we strive to achieve and the diverse, inclusive, globally-connected, and economically strong communities that we support.
The Multicultural Development Center of Iowa (MDC Iowa) was founded in 2017 offering program support to non-profit organizations in Iowa City that were in need of help. Leveraging years of technology experience and various successful start-ups, the founding members provided leadership, guidance, and financial support to help these community organizations. Realizing that there was a larger need for support in the community to help underrepresented people gain access to technology and training, MDC Iowan formed the People of Color Coding (POCC) program in 2019.
With the help of the Iowa City Fab Lab, MDC Iowa was able to offer classes and meeting space for both the POCC and the Black in Business Incubator program. With continued community support, MDC Iowa plans to expand into their own space and increase the number of underrepresented individuals that can take advantage of the programs and services.
DREAM IT. LEARN IT. MAKE IT.
The Multicultural Development Center of Iowa is committed to serving the local communities of Eastern Iowa.
Our mission is to provide the community with access to tools, training, mentors, industry-leading professionals, global networking, and economic support through four main initiatives:
People of Color Coding - a secondary training program for ages 12 and up interested in gaining real-world, hands-on skills in technology. This is a project-based learning methodology with multiple disciplines ranging from IoT development, cybersecurity, programming, 3D design, and much more.
Multicultural Community Development - a community-based program that focuses on raising awareness of social injustices as well as emphasizing the rich diversity of the Corridor. By partnering with service providers, the private sector, and state and local government agencies, MDC Iowa gives a voice to those who believe they are not heard.
Underrepresented Students of the Creative Corridor (USoCC) scholarship - a scholarship fund established to help 1st generation students of color cover college expenses and assist with the transition to higher learning.
Black in Business Incubator - a program that helps new and startup companies to develop by providing services such as product development and rapid prototyping services, management training, office space, access to angel investors or venture capital resources, and other support services. This business incubator program emphasizes on entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds.
At MDC 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 the underrepresented people of Eastern Iowa.