Community Equity Profile


Help build a Dubuque region where all people can thrive.

The Community Foundation created Dubuque’s first Equity Profile in 2015, and we are now updating it to reflect the community today. The Equity Profile provides information on how all people in the community are affected by various systems, such as housing, education and health care. It will inform leaders, community members and policymakers and serve as a guide for creating an action plan that supports Dubuque’s growth as an equitable and inclusive community.

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You can play a role!

There are many ways to help create the Equity Profile.


Attend a Community Conversation or Panel Discussion

Each month, we and partner organizations will host events that give community members opportunities to share personal experiences and learn about data related to seven areas: 

  • Housing (September)
  • Workforce and economic well-being (October)
  • Education (November)
  • Health and wellness (January)
  • Arts and culture (February)
  • Safe neighborhoods (March)
  • Transportation (April)

Our partners at TH Media will kick off each month with a panel discussion that offers a deep dive into that month's topic. Then, facilitated conversations will be held throughout the community, giving people a chance to add their voices.

Workforce & Economic Well-Being Discussions

TH Media Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Steeple Square | Details and Registration

Community Conversations

Monday, October 17, 1 to 3 p.m.
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Conference Room | Details and Registration

Tuesday, October 18, 5 to 7 p.m.
Northeast Iowa Community College, Town Clock Campus | Details and Registration

Thursday, October 20 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Washington Park | Details and Registration
This conversation will be conducted in Spanish; location could change depending on weather

Thursday, October 27 | 3 to 4 p.m.
University of Dubuque, Charles and Romona Myers Center, Room 146 | Details and Registration

Additional topics and dates to be added as events are scheduled.

Take a Survey

You can also share additional details about your thoughts and experiences by completing an online survey. Each month, we will launch a survey covering the same topic as the month's conversations.

Workforce & Economic Well-Being Survey

Housing Survey

Host or Facilitate a Conversation

Community members and organizations are key to creating the Community Equity Profile. We invite you to volunteer your time and/or space to help make our community conversations successful.

  • Facilitate a conversation: We are offering training this fall for volunteer facilitators to learn how to lead discussions and capture input from attendees.
  • Host a conversation: Business and nonprofits are welcome to hold a facilitated conversation for your staff, board members and/or constituents.

If you are interested in either option, please email Clara Lopez Ortiz.



See data collected on each topic.

Each month, we will publish a snapshot that reflects current community data related to the month's discussion topic, along with input gleaned from our community conversations. Check back soon to see the first snapshots.

To view the snapshots from our 2015 Community Equity Profile, click here.


Reach out to learn more.

Here for you. Clara Lopez Ortiz Equity Coordinator 563-588-2700