Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Action Needed: Breed Discrimination in the Homeowners Insurance Industry

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is proud to be part of a new initiative to end breed discrimination in the homeowners insurance industry. Along with major animal welfare groups including Best Friends, HSUS, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Humane Rescue Alliance, we have signed on to a new white paper calling for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to investigate the use of breed discrimination lists.


5 Things to Consider When Creating a Workplace Flexibility Plan

According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), trends are pointing toward a two-tiered workforce—employees whose positions are suited to remote work, and employees who must still be onsite to do their jobs. “This is requiring organizations to really think hard about meeting employee needs while maintaining consistent organizational culture and policies,” shared Nicole Belyna, SHRM’s Field Services Director, in her session on “Shifting to a Humane Workplace: Leveraging Workplace Flexibility” during our Fall Conference for Animal Welfare.


Your Workplace Activism Playbook: Winning Moves for Employees and Managers

An article in the Winter 2021 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review—“Business Disruption from the Inside Out: A playbook for Employee Activists and advice for leaders”—is causing a stir with our colleagues in the field. Shelly Thompson from Maddie’s Fund originally shared this article with me, and I immediately recognized this as an extremely timely issue for many leaders in the animal welfare sector.


Conference Catch-Up: Are Good Intentions Contributing to Systemic Racism?

This past summer, The Association’s Katherine Shenar, Dallas Animal Services’ Ed Jamison, and Steve Zeidman of Pethealth, Inc, started an important conversation about systemic racism in animal care and control right here on this blog. “If Your Adoption Policies Put Up Barriers, You’re Part of the Problem” focused on biases against underserved and marginalized communities that had been baked into the industry’s culture.


Unicorn Alert: Vu Le Talks With Jim Tedford

Okay, so you’re gonna want to grab 12 minutes and listen to this convo between Vu Le, Executive Director of Nonprofit AF, and The Association’s Jim Tedford. If it’s anything like what we can expect during Vu’s keynote address at the Fall Virtual Conference, “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Hiring Philosophy and Practice,” we’re in for something special.


3 Ways to Help Elevate BIPOC Voices

In our latest podcast, guest host Jorge Ortega, Director, Guilford County Animal Services, hosts CARE President James Evans and Best Friends’ José Ocaño, Senior Director of People and Culture, in a conversation exploring ways in which the animal welfare profession can make space for marginalized voices. Here are some top takeaways from that convo—we hope they inspire you to listen to the complete podcast.

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