WATCH: Dakin Humane’s ED on Why You Need to Attend the Spring Conference

Haven’t registered yet for the Virtual Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement? Here’s why you need to, per your colleague Carmine DiCenso, Dakin Humane Society’s Executive Director and member of The Association’s Board of Directors. “The theme of the conference is inclusion,” says DiCenso, “and that’s something that we need to get better at as a field.” Watch his message and learn more about the conference here.


Join DiCenso, his conference buddy, River, and hundreds of your colleagues for these two panel discussions:

Panel Discussion: Early Reports from the Field on DEI and How to Talk about This Stuff 

Tuesday, June 8
Panel: Shannon Martin Roebuck, DEI Committee Survey Chair & Capital Area Humane Society; Maria Morukian, MSM Global Consulting; Zimife Umeh, MSM Global Consulting 
Facilitators: Johnny Jenkins, PetSmart Charities, and Amanda Arrington, HSUS

Formed in 2019 and led by Amanda Arrington and Johnny Jenkins, The Association’s DEI committee has been busy working on benchmarking for diversity, equity, and inclusion in animal welfare. Panelists will share early takeaways from our DEI survey conducted by MSM Global (stay tuned—we’ll be asking for your input soon). The panel will also explore how to hold difficult conversations, including recommendations for navigating the challenging topics that make us the most uncomfortable. Approved for 1 NACA CE

Panel Discussion: Are You Ready for The Answers to Those Questions? 

Thursday, June 10
Panel:  Ashley Anderson-Mutch, HSUS; Shafonda Davis, CAWA, APS of Durham
Facilitators: Johnny Jenkins, PetSmart Charities, and Amanda Arrington, HSUS

Change and transformation will only be possible if we confront our biases honestly and directly. What’s it really like to be a minority working in animal welfare? How should we address this topic with our BIPOC colleagues? What’s being said behind closed doors in hushed tones? Let’s bust through our comfort zone to hear the truth from panelists who are determined to share their lived experiences so that others can learn. No holding back. Approved for 1 NACA CE



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