Stay up-to-date on the latest community news and events by watching the Mayor's Community Connection series

Community Connection is a video series that highlights the different people and organizations in our community. Each episode, Mayor Bruce Teague interviews guests about a variety of issues that are important to our residents.

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If you are interested in being a guest on the show, please fill out our topic request form. All programming requests should be based on subjects that relate to City services and programs, or align with the City’s Strategic Plan

Watch Episodes of Community Connection

This page will have the five latest episodes of Community Connection for you to watch. To browse the entire series, visit our YouTube playlist for Community Connection.

Celebrate International Women's Day by taking part in the Night of 1,000 Dinners, hosted by the Johnson County Chapter of the United Nations Association. This pandemic-safe virtual event will feature music, dance, and prizes! Plus, all proceeds will go to local food banks to help offset the demand caused by COVID-19.

How does the media shape racial issues and influence our beliefs? In this episode Dr. Venise Berry, Associate Professor in Journalism and African American Studies at the University of Iowa, explores a more nuanced understanding of racial constructions in popular media.

Dream City, a local non-profit founded in 2012, offers programs for youth and adults to inspire change through advocacy, art, wellness, and community connections. In honor of Black History Month, Dream City highlights Black leaders in our community on social media and on their "Wall of History Makers." Take the tour with Mayor Teague and celebrate those who make a big difference in Iowa City.

Iowa is now in Phase 1B of the state's vaccination distribution plan. In this episode, Susan Vileta of Johnson County Public Health answers key questions about the vaccine process; who is included in this new priority group, how it will be distributed, and the timeline for vaccinating this phase.

During a time when feelings of isolation and depression have only been magnified by the pandemic, addressing mental health issues is critical in our community. James Gomez, Program Director of Compeer of Johnson County, discusses how the social program matches trained volunteers with adults experiencing mental illness. Learn how the program has adapted during COVID-19 to continue addressing this critical need.