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  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/15/2023 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Explore the key elements of psychological safety in teams and equip yourself with tips and techniques for fostering psychological safety in your organization.

    What is the secret ingredient for high performing teams? 

    Research over the last few decades clearly indicates that teams with high levels of "psychological safety" consistently and dramatically outperform those that do not. Psychological safety refers to freedom from fear of being ridiculed or punished for speaking up about one's ideas, opinions, questions or mistakes. When individuals feel fully included and are able to speak honestly and without fear of social risk, teams are more innovative, make fewer errors, are more capable of complex problem solving, and are willing to give discretionary effort for the good of the group. This session will explore the key elements of psychological safety in teams. You will be equipped with tips and techniques for fostering psychological safety in your organization.

    Presenter: Maria Morukian, Founder and President, MSM Global Consulting

    This webinar has been pre-approved for:

    • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
    • 1 NACA CE
    • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

    Part of The DEI Dozen package.

    ​Maria Morukian

    President and Founder, MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian, the president of MSM Global Consulting, has twenty years of experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. Maria hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew. She is author of the book, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace and co-author of ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development.

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    ​This series offers yearlong learning that will support you in your journey as a leader and changemaker.

    This series offers yearlong learning that will support you in your journey as a leader and changemaker. All of these webinars are for anyone in animal welfare who is invested in changing their organization, regardless of their title.

    Webinars will:

    • Focus on everyday inclusive leadership skills and actions.
    • Explore techniques to address specific DEI challenges and to practice allyship.

    All of the webinars have been pre-approved for:

    • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
    • 1 NACA CE
    • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

    Webinars planned for 2023:

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/01/2023 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Learn how to recognize common microaggressions, understand the impact of such actions, and develop techniques to respond effectively when they occur.

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    Have you ever heard the phrase, "death by a thousand paper cuts?" It's not only blatant acts of bias that exclude or discriminate against people from minoritized populations. It's often the more subtle acts of exclusion, also known as microinequities or microaggressions, that are equally if not more harmful. These behaviors  on the surface may seem insignificant, for example: 

    • frequently interrupting the same people during conversations
    • consistently forgetting or mispronouncing a person's name
    • using coded or stereotypical language
    • overlooking someone's work but praising another's 

    Regardless of the intentions of the message sender, the impact of such actions are often deeply felt by the receiver, especially if they have been on the receiving end of exclusionary treatment many times before. This session will help you recognize some common microaggressions, understand the impact of such actions, and develop techniques to respond effectively when they occur.

    Presenter: Jasmin Robinson, Director of DEI Initiatives, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    This webinar has been pre-approved for:

    • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
    • 1 NACA CE
    • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

    Part of The DEI Dozen package.

    Jasmin Robinson

    Director of DEI Initiatives

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jasmin M. Robinson is The Association's Director of DEI Initiatives. She is also the CEO and Founder of I.D.E.A.L. Education, LLC., and a consultant with MSM Global Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts to foster and maintain inclusive work environments that welcome, embrace, empower, and celebrate people. She is actively pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

    ​Maria Morukian

    President and Founder, MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian, the president of MSM Global Consulting, has twenty years of experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. Maria hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew. She is author of the book, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace and co-author of ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development.

  • This information and these learning opportunities are designed to further the eradication of systemic discrimination and racism in animal welfare.

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    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is committed to action on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in animal welfare and we want you with us on this journey. As part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Commitment to Action, The Association will continue offering resources and learning opportunities designed to further the eradication of systemic discrimination and racism in animal welfare.

    We thank The Life of Riley at Spring Point for their support of The Association's DEI initiatives.

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    The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package includes free recordings of webinars, roundtables, and conference presentations. Click on the Training tab above to see what's currently included in the training package.  Learn our 2023 webinar series:

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    Statement and Definitions for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

    A Letter to our Members & Colleagues from The Association's President & CEO, Jim Tedford

    FAQs from The Association's DEI Advisory Committee 2-2021


    Click on the Blogs tab above to read our blogs about DEI issues: bookmark this page


    Click on the DEI Survey Analysis Report tab to review the report on the profession's first DEI survey.


    Click on the Podcasts tab above to listen to / watch our podcasts on diversity topics.


    Check out The Association’s DEI Pride Store, where your purchase of tees and hoodies helps to support our Conference Scholarship Fund.

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    Call for Nominations for the DEI Committee

    The Association is looking for individuals to nominate themselves or a colleague to lead the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion journey for animal welfare

    Our Commitment to DEI

    Since 2019, the Association has been on a journey to lead and support DEI efforts across the animal welfare profession. To achieve an equitable profession, diversity must be respected and embraced. The road to a just and fair animal welfare field is an ongoing process that requires sustained effort and continuous learning.
    The Association launched its first ever DEI Committee with a group of diverse leaders across animal welfare to assess the current animal welfare landscape, develop a DEI strategy for The Association, and serve as a collective voice calling for action to foster DEI for animal welfare professionals, as well as the communities we can and should serve.

    In doing this work we acknowledge animal welfare has historically and predominantly been created and carried out by white people. We commit to lead intentionally by naming and calling out racism in the structures, systems, and culture of animal welfare. Successful DEI work in animal welfare requires internal organizational development, as well as external-facing strategies that impact society at-large. Both shifts are important, and one cannot occur genuinely and effectively without the other.

    Call for Nominations 

    Over the last two years, the DEI Committee has been instrumental in establishing a foundation for this work. Now we are looking for animal welfare professionals to help take this work to the next level. We’re seeking folks from across the profession who are able and willing to commit their time and energy to help implement the Association’s DEI strategic plan and to serve as advocates for DEI in their animal welfare organizations and with the profession as a whole.

    Nomination Considerations

    If you are interested in volunteering yourself (self-nomination) or nominating someone to the DEI Committee, consider the following.  DEI Committee members:

    • Show commitment and personal or professional activity to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Are invested in assisting The Association and its membership in pursuing the objective of achieving a just and fair animal welfare field.
    • Are able to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per month to DEI Committee activities, including monthly Committee meetings, DEI goal subcommittee meetings and activities, and personal learning/skill building.

    Requirements

    • The committee is for members or those who wish to become members. Financial assistance for membership dues is available. It is our priority to ensure that all those committed to this work have the opportunity to join the DEI committee.
    • There are no requirements in terms of job function, tenure, or role in an organization.
    • Nominations can be submitted here.Our consulting partner, MSM Global Consulting, will consolidate the nominations from this survey link and reach out to potential candidates.

    Timeline

    • Nominations Open – Jan 25
    • Nominations Close – Feb 24
    • Applications due – March 24
    • New members announced – May 5
    • First DEI meeting with new members – May 31
    SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION

    READ WHAT COMMITTEE MEMBERS SAY

      Meet Our DEI Committee
    • Amanda Arrington, HSUS, Sr. Director, Pets for Life
    • Jennifer Brehler, CAWA, Humane Society of Sedona, Executive Director
    • Allison Cardona, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Koret Shelter Medicine Program, CA State Director
    • Shafonda Davis, CAWA, Animal Protection Society of Durham, Executive Director
    • Sterling Davis, TrapKing, Founder
    • Mamadou Diakhate, City of Chicago Animal Care and Control, Executive Director
    • Gloria Dorsey, DVM, MPH, Atlanta Humane Society, Vice President of Community Education & Advocacy
    • Tracy Elliott, The Anti-Cruelty Society, President and CEO
    • Rachel Finney, CAWA, Columbus Humane, CEO
    • Jace Huggins, Front Street Animal Shelter - City of Sacramento, Chief Animal Control Officer
    • Johnny Jenkins, Jyoba-Project, Founder
    • Joel Lopez, The ASPCA, Vice President of the ASPCA Adoption Center & Kitten Nursery
    • Kate Meghji, Humane Society of Vero Beach, Executive Director
    • Maria Morukian, MSM Global Consulting, Consultant
    • Dr. Sandra Newbury, University of Wisconsin, Program Director
    • Michael Robbins, Atlanta Humane Society, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
    • Wade Sadler, Multnomah County Animal Services, Executive Director
    • Jose Sandoval, Latino Alliance for Animal Care Foundation, Founder
    • Brad Shear, CAWA, Board Chair, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
    • Katherine Shenar, CAWA, Executive Vice President, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
    • Jim Tedford, CAWA, CEO & President
    • Dr. Jena Valdez, San Francisco SPCA, Director of Community Medicine
    • Aurora Velazquez, CAWA, Cuddly, Director of Pet Pantry
    • Ana Zorrilla, CAWA, Louisiana SPCA, CEO

    This past June, The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee launched an historic, first-of-its-kind survey in order to understand the state of DEI in animal welfare. More than 2,600 individuals in the animal welfare sector completed the survey and as promised, we are sharing the results with you in this just-published report:

    Download The Association's DEI Survey analysis report.

    To learn more about the survey results and how to apply them in your organization, watch the recording of this session from our 2021 our virtual conference Looking Forward: The Future of Animal Welfare

    Assessing the State of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Animal Welfare: Where Do We Go from Here?

    US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Rent Relief resources and Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART) LA

    Project Implicit: Social Attitudes - Find out your implicit associations about race, gender, and sexual orientation.

    Eviction Response Toolkit - Housing insecurity, although not new, has been exacerbated by the pandemic. The economic hardship faced by so many people will severely impact families and evictions are a present and looming obstacle in the national crisis. 

    Extraordinary Outcomes Toolkit - Animal shelters across the nation are once again dealing with an overwhelming number of homeless pets in their care. The content in these success stories addresses shelter and service capacity challenges head-on.

    The Groundwater Approach: building  a practical understanding of structural racism (Racial Equity Institute)

    The Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit

    Marquis Miller's Reading List (Chief Diversity Officer, City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor) - bonus resource from his Spring Conference 2022 session

    Juneteenth Resources

    From History.com: Slavery in America 
    The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth 

    Creating Safe LGBTQ+ Workplaces  

    Do you know if your LGBTQ+ staff feel safe at work? Creating a safe, inclusive environment in your workplace increases employee performance and satisfaction. Please help your LGBTQ+ staff feel seen and celebrated every month with these resources:  

    SHRM: LGBTQ+ Inclusion resources and tools (for SHRM members)
    Library of Congress: About Pride Month
    Human Rights Campaign: Resources for improving and promoting fairness in the workplace

  • The panel will discuss why professional development is a vital part of their organizational culture and strategy.

    Does your organization make staff development a Number 1 priorityThree leaders will discuss why professional development is a vital part of their organizational culture and strategy. They will talk about:

    • How a well-structured development program helps recruit and retain staff
    • How to get both staff and board buy-in on making training a priority, if not an imperative
    • How to create a program that develops skills needed at their organization now and in the future

    Join this roundtable to learn why and how your organization should develop your staff’s skills and put them on a trajectory for success.

    Moderated by Katherine Shenar, CAWA, Executive Vice & President, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    The Roundtable Panel:

    • Steven Hansen, DVM, CAWA, President & CEO, Arizona Humane Society
    • Cristie Kamiya, DVM, CAWA, Chief of Shelter Medicine, Humane Society Silicon Valley
    • Jerrica Owen, CAWA, Executive Director, National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA)

    This roundtable has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Steven Hansen, DVM, CAWA

    President & CEO, Arizona Humane Society

    Dr. Hansen oversees AHS’ organizational operations and leads the implementation and execution of its strategic plan as AHS and its partners strive to transform Maricopa County into one of the best places to be a pet. Prior to joining AHS, Dr. Hansen spent 16 years with the ASPCA, most recently as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Hansen also served as Director of Veterinary Research and Support for Wellmark International and practiced clinical veterinary medicine in Houston and Chicago. He serves on a variety of mission-critical boards, including the Hill’s Shelter Advisory Board, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Legislative Advisory Committee, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, the American College of Animal Welfare, Arizona State University’s Community Advisory Council and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Community Advisory Board.

    Dr. Hansen received his BS and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Iowa State University and received an MS and MBA from the University of Illinois. Dr. Hansen is board certified by the American College of Animal Welfare and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology.

    Cristie Kamiya, DVM, MBA

    Chief of Shelter Medicine, Humane Society Silicon Valley

    Dr. Kamiya graduated from Colorado State University, College of Business with a Master of Business Administration degree in 1999, and then went on to also complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2005. Dr. Kamiya’s first encounter with the shelter world occurred at the age of nine when her family adopted a mixed breed puppy from the Hawaiian Humane Society.  A love of animals and a childhood dream of becoming an animal doctor evolved over the years into a passion for advocating on behalf of homeless and lost pets.  Prior to the shelter medicine residency, she has worked as a shelter veterinarian in humane societies, municipal shelters, and rescues in the Denver-Boulder areas of Colorado, and the greater Phoenix metro area of Arizona. Dr. Kamiya’s main interests are in infectious disease, shelter management, surgery, and animal cruelty investigation.

    Jerrica Owen, CAWA

    Executive Director, National Animal Care & Control Association

    Jerrica Owen joined the National Animal Care & Control Association in April 2021, as the Director of Partnerships and Programs and was named Executive Director in December 2021. She brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in emergent animal welfare, engaging and developing a diversity of staff, shelter operations, and leading successful initiatives in Animal Welfare in a cross-cultural environment. Previously the Director of Strategic Initiatives for San Diego Humane Society, Jerrica supported achieving success on the organization’s primary strategies. 

  • Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/18/2023

    We will explore 3 practices to broaden and diversify our social networks to make better decisions for our organizations.

    Whether we realize it or not, the polarization and uncertainty happening in society impacts every aspect of our lives, including the workplace. When we feel that a core part of our values or our identity is threatened, our instinct is often to contract, to seek what feels comfortable, predictable, and safe. Yet it is precisely in these times when we need to expand, to venture beyond the assumed safety of our comfort zones and echo chambers. We will explore 3 practices for expansion and how to broaden and diversify our social networks to make better decisions for our organizations.

    Presenters: Maria Morukian, MSM Global Consulting & Jasmin Robinson, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    This webinar has been pre-approved for:

    • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
    • 1 NACA CE
    • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

    Part of The DEI Dozen package.

    ​Maria Morukian

    President and Founder, MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian, the president of MSM Global Consulting, has twenty years of experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and intercultural competence. Maria hosts a podcast on critical DEI issues called Culture Stew. She is author of the book, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace and co-author of ATD’s Handbook for Training and Talent Development.

    Jasmin Robinson

    Director of DEI Initiatives

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jasmin M. Robinson is The Association's Director of DEI Initiatives. She is also the CEO and Founder of I.D.E.A.L. Education, LLC., and a consultant with MSM Global Consulting. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts to foster and maintain inclusive work environments that welcome, embrace, empower, and celebrate people. She is actively pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers this 12-hour course which has been pre-approved for CAWA CEs.

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers this 12-hour course which has been pre-approved for CAWA CEs. 

    Change Management Professional is intended to prepare learners to be change management practitioners in the real world. The course includes the Change Management Toolkit, an Excel spreadsheet loaded with helpful resources to guide learners through the process of Change Management.

    *** For full details and to register, see The Association's MindEdge Catalog here. MindEdge courses are available to all of your staff and volunteers, so share this link to all!


    Also see the 4-hour course Change Management Foundations which has been pre-approved for CAWA CEs.

    Change Management is a framework to methodically implement organizational change and prepare stakeholders for such change. Change Management Foundations introduces learners to this framework so that they can better understand and take part in changes within their own organizations.

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers this 24-hour certificate, made of 10 courses. These courses have been pre-approved for CAWA CEs, SHRM PDCs, and HRCIs.

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers this 24-hour certificate, made of 10 courses. These courses have been pre-approved for CAWA CEs, SHRM PDCs, and HRCIs. 

    Frontline managers sit at the very first level of management across a company's business operations and functions, and are utilized in just about every industry and market. They make up 60% of a company's management ranks, and directly supervise as much as 80% of the workforce. They are the representation of a brand - interacting with customers, speaking to vendors, negotiating contracts, and managing employees. They are, in essence, a company's strategy in motion and the key to its success. The Frontline Manager™ certificate and courses were developed to offer vital training in core managerial skills to first-level managers. With a focus on topics such as supervision, coaching, leadership styles, navigating organizational culture, and time management, the courses are designed to help frontline managers develop into true leaders within an organization. The certificate consists of 9 courses and a simulation that are online and self-paced, offering flexibility in the delivery and timeframe. No prerequisites are required to begin the courses. A course will be considered complete when the participant has done all assignments, exercises, review checkpoints, and has received at least a 70% on the course final exam. Students will have 12 months to complete all the courses in the certificate.

    *** For full details and to register, see The Association's MindEdge Catalog here. MindEdge courses are available to all of your staff and volunteers, so share this link to all!

    The 10 courses in this certificate:

    Frontline Manager™: Introduction to Supervision

    Frontline Manager™: Coaching

    Frontline Manager™: Progressive Discipline

    Frontline Manager™: Time Management

    Frontline Manager™: Work-Life Balance

    Frontline Manager™: Better Communication

    Frontline Manager™: Leadership Styles

    Frontline Manager™: Teams and Groups

    Frontline Manager™ Simulation: Leading a Team at Dragonfly

    Frontline Manager™: Navigating Your Organizational Culture

    You may enroll in individual courses or try the whole certificate.

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    The Strength in Numbers Series presented by Shelter Animals Count will increase your capacity to use your organization's data effectively.

    The Strength in Numbers Series presented by Shelter Animals Count will increase your capacity to use your organization's data efficiently and effectively.

    All three sessions will be presented by Stephanie Filer, Executive Director of Shelter Animals Count.

    Register for all three webinars or register for individual sessions:

    - 10/12/22 Quality Time: Standards for Entering & Using Data

    - 11/02/22 Decisions, Decisions: Using Data to Evaluate Programs & Identify Opportunities

    - 12/07 What's the Story with your Data?

    These live and recorded programs are each approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit and NACA CE.

    Blogs about the series:

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    Looking to use your data to create media interest, debunk myths, shout about your successes, and get more funding?

    Looking to create media interest, debunk myths, shout about your successes, and get more funding? Let data do it for you. Learn how to:

    • Tell your story effectively using data through visualization development
    • Simplify the message for reporters and various stakeholders
    • Use individual stories about pets and their people to illustrate the faces behind the numbers

    Presented by Stephanie Filer and Samantha Hill of Shelter Animals Count

    This live and recorded program is approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit and 1 NACA CE.

    This session is the third in a 2022 Strength in Numbers Series – presented by Shelter Animals Count. Register for the other sessions:

    10/12/22 Quality Time: Standards for Entering & Using Data

    11/02/22 Decisions, Decisions: Using Data to Evaluate Programs & Identify Opportunities

    Blogs about the series:



    Technical Issues During a Live Webinar?

    Stephanie Filer

    Executive Director, Shelter Animals Count

    Stephanie has worked in senior leadership positions at non-profits for nearly 20 years, leading high-performing communications, development, and operations teams. Her advocacy efforts at the state and local level have led to countless changes in animal welfare legislation, including overturning multiple decades-old breed  specific /discriminatory ordinances across Iowa.

    After nearly 12 years at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, in August 2021 she joined Shelter Animals Count as Executive Director to further advance animal welfare across the country through data-enabled insights. Her professional and civic achievements have earned her Forty Under 40 recognition and the first annual Stephanie Filer Community Impact Award, among many other awards and honors.