Crossroads (with lunch) | Exploring the dynamics of domestic terrorism: A comprehensive analysis and response strategies

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Exploring the dynamics of domestic terrorism: A comprehensive analysis and response strategies

Presenter: Diogenes Ayala
Emergency Management & Homeland Security Director for Madison County, Iowa


FEBRUARY 16, 2024  |  11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church, Des Moines

** in-person event **

Our February presentation offers an in-depth exploration of the ever-changing landscape of domestic terrorism. This discussion delves into the intricate frameworks that define domestic terrorism, providing real-world examples and dissecting the role of misinformation in propagating these threats. Participants will engage in a critical discussion on the impact and reach of domestic terrorism while learning practical measures for enhancing security, focusing on developing situational awareness and skills for identifying suspicious items to safeguard facilities and communities. This Crossroads is designed to equip attendees with both theoretical understanding and actionable strategies to effectively address and mitigate the risks associated with domestic terrorism.

You may make your reservation to attend in-person by clicking on the "Register Now" button. Four bag lunch sandwich options are available: turkey, roast beef, ham salad, and vegetarian; brown bag lunches are now $15 each. Please note: You must pre-order and pay for your lunch by 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 14. Late orders or walk-in requests for lunch will NOT be available.

If you have any issues registering, please email or call 515.279.8715.

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER: Diogenes Ayala is the Emergency Management & Homeland Security Director for Madison County, Iowa, where he leads in planning, protection, mitigation, response, and coordination against various community hazards. His focus is on fostering a culture of preparedness in the county. A veteran of the United States Navy, Ayala holds a Bachelor's & Masters degrees in Criminal Justice from Simpson College and is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. He has completed programs like the Texas A&M Infrastructure Protection Program, Executive Leadership Education from Notre Dame, and Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations & Technician training from the Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, he's a graduate of the Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) and Enhanced Trainer program by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Ayala is currently advancing his education in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) at the Naval Postgraduate School, expecting to graduate in September 2024.


Crossroads is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Des Moines. It's an opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.

February 16, 2024 from 11:45 AM to  1:00 PM
Phone: 515.279.8715
LUNCH OPTIONS (new price)