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Wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines


This news story was published on July 11, 2019.
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DES MOINES – A wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise, as described by Iowa union leaders, was undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines.

According to AFSCME 61, Des Moines Public Schools’ (DMPS) Transportation Department conducted a mandatory training for bus drivers and associates June 3-4, 2019. Employees who requested June 4, 2019 off to celebrate Eid al-Fitr as part of their Islamic faith were denied these requests, citing the mandatory nature of this training.

This training featured a diversity segment conducted by the DMPS Director of Transportation, the Transportation Training and Safety Specialist, and the Route Manager Specialist. One aspect of the diversity training included an exercise which required employees to tape an index card to their backs and go around the room, allowing their coworkers to anonymously write their thoughts of the employee on their card.

The second aspect was a “Diversity Bingo” game, a copy of which is attached. Employees were instructed to “obtain the signatures of as many people s [sic] possible who match the description listed in the squares.” Names and initials have been removed to protect the employees who were subjected to this humiliating exercise, but identity boxes listed include, “A person who is Moslem [sic],” “A person who has received welfare,” “A single parent,” “A person who is Jewish,” and “A person who is gay, lesbian or bisexual.”

Danny Homan

“For a district that claims to value diversity to facilitate such a tone-deaf exercise is simply appalling,” said AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan. He continued, “Des Moines Public Schools already degraded its AFSCME contract-covered employees by playing games with the permissive items in their contract and weakening their protections on the job, and now they mandate a humiliating training like this. It’s sickening what these workers have been put through. They want true diversity training to help them fully appreciate the wide range of students in their care, not a series of exercises aimed to demean and shine a spotlight on their private lives.”

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9 Responses to Wild, “offensive” diversity training exercise undertaken for school bus drivers in Des Moines

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 12, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    The drivers are being thrown under the bus. Mc Donalds pays better anyway.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    July 12, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    What the hell is wrong with the Des Moines school system. Imagine what they are teaching children.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      So expound please oh wise one. What do you think is wrong with the DM school system? Give examples please of what they are teaching our children with which you find objectionable. Thank you.

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        Allen Reply Report comment

        July 13, 2019 at 7:52 am

        So you think that it’s okay to force your employees to play games like that, and deny them their freedom of religion. I’ve realized that you can’t explain things to people who are mindset and can’t comprehend whats going on in the world. Troll someone else, your welcome.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

          Allen, you really are a simple-minded fellow.
          Stick to something easy for your intellectually challenged mind, like shuffle board or checkers perhaps.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 12, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Doesn’t Danny ever quit whining???

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 12, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      doesn’t allen???

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 12, 2019 at 5:48 pm

        Allen makes sense, you on the other hand, well, not!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm

          Sense?? Really?? Two cents perhaps but never anything of substance.