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About Tracy

Tracy Duran is the founder of IDEATE Collaborative, LLC. Through her work in the community, she found her passion for intercultural development as she recognized the need for people and organizations to build a foundation of understanding for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Tracy is passionate about leadership and organizational development through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and an authorized DiSC partner.


As the Director of Studio Arts, Community Access, and Inclusion at the Des Moines Art Center, Tracy began her journey as an Interculturalist and DEI Practitioner. She provides vision and strategic leadership for programs that link the Art Center’s studio and community education classes to the museum and community through the development of innovative programming. In addition to her work in education, Tracy provides vision and leadership for the organization’s inclusion efforts as they strive to be a cultural resource for all in the community. 


Through both volunteer and professional experiences, Tracy has worked with various non-profits and programs that serve high-risk youth and underserved populations in the community. Tracy has dedicated her life to empowering youth and began mentoring kids at the age of 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where her identity and experiences were shaped. She is a daughter, mother, sister, aunt, artist, and active volunteer. She holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an MFA from California State University, Fullerton.