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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.

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



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


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.


Click on the Blogs tab above to read our blogs about DEI issues: book mark 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.


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    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
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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers this 12-hour certificate, made of 3 courses. These courses have been pre-approved for CAWA CEs and HRCIs.

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers this 12-hour certificate, made of 3 courses. These courses have been pre-approved for CAWA CEs and HRCIs. 

    Developed in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization's guidance on diversity and inclusion for organizations (ISO 30415:2021), the Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in HR Management provides a foundation for creating a workplace where all employees are respected and appreciated as valuable members of the organization, are able to participate in work-related opportunities, can follow career paths that use their skills and knowledge to the fullest, and receive fair compensation. The courses explain how diverse and inclusive workplaces are more productive, innovative, creative, and profitable, and that fostering an inclusive culture produces higher employee engagement, satisfaction, and retention rates. The certificate explores the responsibilities of leaders, the workforce, and other stakeholders in recognizing diversity, working and communicating inclusively, reducing unconscious biases, acting accountably, and assessing diversity and inclusion initiatives using qualitative and quantitative methods.

    *** 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 three courses in this certificate:

    Fostering an Inclusive Culture 
    To achieve diversity and inclusion, organizations need to create an inclusive culture where all employees are respected and appreciated, have equal access to workplace opportunities, and are fairly compensated. In this course, you will learn about how to create, encourage, and develop an inclusive culture. You will explore the 7 Pillars of Inclusion, traits of an inclusive leader, strategies to assess employee buy-in, professional development opportunities, and workplace accessibility. You will examine how to uproot workplace toxicity and address and prevent harassment and discrimination. The course illustrates the many benefits of an inclusive culture, including higher levels of employee engagement, productivity, employee satisfaction, and retention rates.

    Assessing Diversity and Inclusion 
    Organizations are accountable for their diversity and inclusion goals. In this course, you will learn about HR metrics, predictive analytics, diversity training, diversity scorecards, and other tools that organizations use to identify biases, track the progress of initiatives, and gauge the effectiveness of policies. This course will explain how to use both soft and hard metrics to formulate, update, and implement diversity and inclusion goals. You will also learn about the importance of employee buy-in, diversity leaders, and C-suite support in achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

    Hiring and Retaining Diverse Talent
    Increasing workplace diversity necessitates strategies that foster more inclusive and equitable workplace practices. In this course, you will learn how leaders who want tangible, measurable results from diversity and inclusion initiatives must take an active role in supporting and implementing these strategies. You will explore how to use talent management systems and performance metrics to create a diverse workplace. This course illustrates that providing equal opportunities for continued engagement, including flexible work arrangements, mentorship programs, and employee benefits, is paramount for an organization's diversity and inclusion efforts to succeed.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/08/2021

    Leaders from the DEI Committee of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement will share results from the first animal welfare sector survey conducted regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our profession.

    Leaders from the DEI Committee of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement will share results from the first animal welfare sector survey conducted regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in our profession. With more than 2,600 respondents, the survey provides insights on where the animal welfare industry is currently, along with recommendations to further the eradication of systemic discrimination and racism in animal welfare. The panel will focus on what’s next in this important work and identify paths for animal welfare professionals to strengthen their DEI journey.  

    Sponsored By Boehringer Ingelheim. This session was presented at Looking Forward: The Future of Animal Welfare virtual conference in December, 2021. 

    Panelists:

    • Johnny Jenkins, DEI Advisory Committee Co-Lead & The JyOba! Project
    • Shannon Martin Roebuck, DEI Survey Committee Chair
    • Maria Morukian, MSM Global Consulting
    • Zimife Umeh, MSM Global Consulting

    This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

    • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
    • 1 CFRE CE
    • 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)

    Johnny L. Jenkins Jr.

    President, The JyOba! Project

    Johnny Jenkins is an experienced grant making professional with expertise in strategic grant-making and program management. He has managed multi-million-dollar grant portfolios to advance racial and economic justice, LGBT equality, and animal welfare. Johnny provides leadership to multiple DEI initiatives in animal welfare including The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (DEI Advisory Committee Co-Lead) and the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) Project DEI Advisory Committee.

    Shannon Martin-Roebuck

    Chair, The Association’s DEI Survey Committee

    Shannon Martin-Roebuck is chair of The Association’s DEI Survey Committee. She was previously the Executive Director of Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, NE. Before that, Shannon served as Research Faculty at Colorado School of Mines, focusing on DEI and college access. She was also Director of Operations for Higher Education Resource Services, a nonprofit dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education at the University of Denver. 

    Maria Morukian

    President and Founder, MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian is the President and Founder of MSM Global Consulting, the agency leading The Association’s DEI work. Maria is an organizational development trainer, coach, and consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion. Maria's passion lies in exploring stories that illustrate the intersection between leadership, identity, and culture.

    Zimife Umeh

    Senior Consultant, MSM Global Consulting

    Zimife Umeh is a Senior Consultant at MSM Global Consulting where she focuses on DEI survey design, data collection, and data analysis. Her interest in DEI issues stems from her commitment to producing research and strategies that eliminate barriers to racial equity and inclusion within the workplace. Zimife was born in Nigeria and lived there until she was eight when she moved to the U.S.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/09/2021

    See how two organizations in one city approach diversity and inclusion in their marketing materials, messaging, storytelling, audience engagement, and tough conversations with supporters.

    Learn from two different organizations working in the same city on how they approach fundraising and how they're ensuring their communications represent and inspire Atlanta. You'll hear about different fundraising opportunities, including grassroots fundraising, campaigns, giving days, and galas. See how these two organizations approach diversity and inclusion in their marketing materials, messaging, storytelling, audience engagement, and tough conversations with supporters.

    This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

    • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
    • 1 CFRE 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)

    This session was presented at The Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement 2021.

    ​Heather Friedman

    Chief Marketing Officer, LifeLine Animal Project

    Heather Friedman, Chief Marketing Officer for LifeLine Animal Project, is a marketing and communications expert with over 22 years of agency and client-side experience in integrated brand marketing, communications, strategic channel planning, and digital marketing. Since joining LifeLine Animal Project in 2015, she has developed strategic marketing and communication solutions to help foster adoptions, donations, community engagement, and overall awareness of their lifesaving mission. 

    Christina Hill

    Director of Marketing and Communications, Atlanta Humane Society

    Christina Hill is part of a fantastic community engagement team at the Atlanta Humane Society where she has been for the past 4 years. Previously, she worked at the Michigan Humane Society and with nonprofits abroad while obtaining her master's degree in nonprofit public relations.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/08/2021

    This Spring Conference 2021 panel will explore methodologies in holding difficult conversations including recommendations for navigating the topics that challenge us and make us uncomfortable.

    Panel: Shannon Martin Roebuck, DEI Committee Survey Chair & Capital Humane Society; Maria Morukian, MSM Global Consulting; Zimife Umeh, MSM Global Consulting 

    Facilitators: Johnny Jenkins, The JyOba! Project, and Amanda Arrington, HSUS

    Our belief that the animal welfare mission needs to be fueled by opportunity for and access to all prompted The Association’s DEI committee formation in 2019, led by Amanda Arrington and Johnny Jenkins. Our DEI committee continues its work to ascertain benchmarking for diversity, equity, and inclusion in animal welfare through a robust, industry-wide survey and one-on-one interviews. Panelists will share early takeaways from our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare research conducted by MSM Global, the consultancy leading The Association’s DEI work. This panel will also discuss the urgent need to address DEI in animal welfare, share preliminary benchmarking data, and explore ways for members to get involved in helping us make sustainable progress.

    This session, both live and the recording, has been 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)

    This session was presented at The Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement 2021.

    Amanda Arrington - Panel Facilitator

    Senior Director of Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    With Pets For Life, Arrington guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Under her leadership the program has been implemented in over 50 markets across the United States and is working to make companion animal welfare a more just and inclusive movement. Arrington previously served as a lobbyist and North Carolina State Director for HSUS., served three years as the chair of the Durham County Animal Control Advisory Committee and on the board of the Durham Interneighborhood Council. Amanda has received numerous awards for her community outreach work, including the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018. Arrington currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s OnPOINT committee on increasing diversity in animal welfare.

    Johnny Jenkins - Panel Facilitator

    President, The JyOba! Project

    Johnny is an animal welfare consultant who has managed multi-million-dollar grant portfolios to advance racial and economic justice, LGBT equality, and animal welfare. His skills have been used to advance the missions of reputable private foundations such as the Arcus Foundation, and PetSmart Charities. He has provided leadership to multiple racial equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in animal welfare, including PetSmart Charities’ Racial Equity Advisory Committee, The Association's DEI Committee, and the HASS Project DEI Advisory Committee.

    Shannon Martin-Roebuck

    Chair, The Association’s DEI Survey Committee

    Shannon Martin-Roebuck is chair of The Association’s DEI Survey Committee. She was previously the Executive Director of Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, NE. Before that, Shannon served as Research Faculty at Colorado School of Mines, focusing on DEI and college access. She was also Director of Operations for Higher Education Resource Services, a nonprofit dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education at the University of Denver. 

    Maria Morukian

    President and Founder, MSM Global Consulting

    Maria Morukian is the President and Founder of MSM Global Consulting, the agency leading The Association’s DEI work. Maria is an organizational development trainer, coach, and consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion. Maria's passion lies in exploring stories that illustrate the intersection between leadership, identity, and culture.

    Zimife Umeh

    Senior Consultant, MSM Global Consulting

    Zimife Umeh is a Senior Consultant at MSM Global Consulting where she focuses on DEI survey design, data collection, and data analysis. Her interest in DEI issues stems from her commitment to producing research and strategies that eliminate barriers to racial equity and inclusion within the workplace. Zimife was born in Nigeria and lived there until she was eight when she moved to the U.S.

  • Product not yet rated Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/10/2021

    We’re busting through our comfort zone to hear the truth from panelists who are determined to share their lived experiences so that others can learn. Join us for what promises to be an engaging and dynamic conversation among colleagues who aren’t holding back.

    Panelists:  Ashley Anderson-Mutch, HSUS; Shafonda Davis, CAWA, APS of Durham

    Facilitators: Johnny Jenkins, PetSmart Charities, and Amanda Arrington, HSUS

    Let’s agree that animal welfare has a problem: a lack of diversity. Now that we agree on that point, let’s start asking those questions that make folks uncomfortable. Change and transformation will only be possible if we confront our bias in an honest and direct way. What’s it really like to be a minority working in animal welfare? How should we address this topic with our BIPOC colleagues? What things are said behind closed doors in hushed tones? We’re busting through our comfort zone to hear the truth from panelists who are determined to share their lived experiences so that others can learn. Join us for what promises to be an engaging and dynamic conversation among colleagues who aren’t holding back. 

    This session, both live and the recording, has been 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)

    This session was presented at The Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement 2021.

    ​Ashley Anderson-Mutch

    Senior Program Manager of Policy and Enforcement Reform, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States

    Ashley Anderson-Mutch is a Senior Program Manager of Policy and Enforcement Reform with Pets for Life at the Humane Society of the United States. She works with animal welfare organizations across the country to address areas of inequity with internal and external policies that disproportionately affect underserved communities and communities of color. She also works with several municipal shelter organizations and local animal enforcement teams to implement community-based support practices. Prior to joining the HSUS, Ashley worked as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer in Philadelphia and across several counties in Pennsylvania.

    Amanda Arrington - Panel Facilitator

    Senior Director of Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    With Pets For Life, Arrington guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Under her leadership the program has been implemented in over 50 markets across the United States and is working to make companion animal welfare a more just and inclusive movement. Arrington previously served as a lobbyist and North Carolina State Director for HSUS., served three years as the chair of the Durham County Animal Control Advisory Committee and on the board of the Durham Interneighborhood Council. Amanda has received numerous awards for her community outreach work, including the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018. Arrington currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s OnPOINT committee on increasing diversity in animal welfare.

    Shafonda Davis, CAWA

    Executive Director

    Animal Protection Society of Durham

    Shafonda Davis has worked in animal welfare for over twenty years. She is the current Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Durham in NC. She serves on The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare, and is a former board member of the North Carolina Animal Federation. Shafonda, who identifies as a Black American, feels privileged to work in a diverse community in the South with a diverse staff that work together to create a better world for animals through sheltering, outreach and spay neuter assistance. Having started in animal welfare with very few people that resembled herself, Shafonda is hoping to contribute to a future where all of animal welfare is accepting and inclusive. Shafonda became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

    Johnny Jenkins - Panel Facilitator

    President, The JyOba! Project

    Johnny is an animal welfare consultant who has managed multi-million-dollar grant portfolios to advance racial and economic justice, LGBT equality, and animal welfare. His skills have been used to advance the missions of reputable private foundations such as the Arcus Foundation, and PetSmart Charities. He has provided leadership to multiple racial equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in animal welfare, including PetSmart Charities’ Racial Equity Advisory Committee, The Association's DEI Committee, and the HASS Project DEI Advisory Committee.

  • Product not yet rated Recorded On: 04/15/2021

    Hear what The Association and industry leaders are doing to advance DEI initiatives, and receive thoughtful information and practical guidance to further your own work. (Expo session)

    Diversity, equity and inclusion are on the forefront of our collective mind. The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is committed to the collaborative and sustained effort necessary for a just and fair animal welfare field. Hear what The Association and industry leaders are doing to advance DEI initiatives, and receive thoughtful information and practical guidance to further your own work. It is diversity of all forms—ethnicity, gender, background, experiences, ideas, dreams, perspectives—that will fuel understanding, progress, creativity, innovation and unity in our profession.

    This session has been approved for 1 CAWA CE and by NACA for 1 CE.


    This 54-minute session was recorded during Animal Care Expo 2021 - we thank The Humane Society of the United States for generously making this recording available.

    Shafonda Davis, CAWA

    Executive Director

    Animal Protection Society of Durham

    Shafonda Davis has worked in animal welfare for over twenty years. She is the current Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Durham in NC. She serves on The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare, and is a former board member of the North Carolina Animal Federation. Shafonda, who identifies as a Black American, feels privileged to work in a diverse community in the South with a diverse staff that work together to create a better world for animals through sheltering, outreach and spay neuter assistance. Having started in animal welfare with very few people that resembled herself, Shafonda is hoping to contribute to a future where all of animal welfare is accepting and inclusive. Shafonda became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

    Katherine Shenar, CAWA

    Executive Vice President, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Katherine Shenar brings 26 years of experience to her role as executive vice president for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. She has served as CEO for two animal welfare organizations and held leadership roles with four others. Katherine became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

  • Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/02/2020

    A diverse panel of leaders will share their unique perspectives on the multi-layered challenges we face as we address animal welfare AND social justice simultaneously.

    The convergence of a worldwide pandemic and unresolved racial strife have thrust our lives into what feels like a constant state of discomfort. Animal welfare is not immune, so we find ourselves at an inevitable inflection point where diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions permeate our shelters and the communities we serve. So, what’s the vital element to advancing the human-animal bond and engaging unfamiliar conversations with staff and communities? Trust.  This panel of leaders will share their unique perspectives on the multi-layered challenges we face as we address animal welfare AND social justice simultaneously.


    This 60 minute session, sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.

    Shafonda Davis, CAWA

    Executive Director

    Animal Protection Society of Durham

    Shafonda Davis has worked in animal welfare for over twenty years. She is the current Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Durham in NC. She serves on The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare, and is a former board member of the North Carolina Animal Federation. Shafonda, who identifies as a Black American, feels privileged to work in a diverse community in the South with a diverse staff that work together to create a better world for animals through sheltering, outreach and spay neuter assistance. Having started in animal welfare with very few people that resembled herself, Shafonda is hoping to contribute to a future where all of animal welfare is accepting and inclusive. Shafonda became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

    Johnny Jenkins - Panel Facilitator

    President, The JyOba! Project

    Johnny is an animal welfare consultant who has managed multi-million-dollar grant portfolios to advance racial and economic justice, LGBT equality, and animal welfare. His skills have been used to advance the missions of reputable private foundations such as the Arcus Foundation, and PetSmart Charities. He has provided leadership to multiple racial equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in animal welfare, including PetSmart Charities’ Racial Equity Advisory Committee, The Association's DEI Committee, and the HASS Project DEI Advisory Committee.

    Shannon Martin-Roebuck

    Chair, The Association’s DEI Survey Committee

    Shannon Martin-Roebuck is chair of The Association’s DEI Survey Committee. She was previously the Executive Director of Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, NE. Before that, Shannon served as Research Faculty at Colorado School of Mines, focusing on DEI and college access. She was also Director of Operations for Higher Education Resource Services, a nonprofit dedicated to creating and sustaining a diverse network of women leaders in higher education at the University of Denver. 

    Wade Sadler

    Animal Services Director

    Multnomah County Animal Services

    Wade Sadler is the Director of Multnomah County Animal Services, which serves the Portland, Oregon metro area.  Wade has over 20 years of management experience and entered the animal welfare industry 5 years ago.  He's passionate about providing equitable services and access in his agency and as an ally of BIPOC communities, he is committed to leveraging his privilege as a white man to combat social injustice.

  • Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/01/2020

    This panel of animal welfare leaders walks you through why well-intended protocols unwittingly contribute to inequity.

    Are you still asking adopters if they rent or own their home? And how is this question associated with systemic racism? This panel of animal welfare leaders walks you through why well-intended protocols unwittingly contribute to inequity. As a leader in animal welfare or animal services, when was the last time you reviewed programs, processes, and communications for inherent bias? Learn how data supports an open adoption policy and how your organization can adopt a more equitable approach.


    This 60-minute session, sponsored by Pethealth, Inc., was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.

    Ed Jamison

    Director

    Dallas Animal Services, City of Dallas

    Dallas has the third largest intake in the United States, with over 39,000 dogs and cats coming into their care in 2019. Ed Jamison has been tasked with increasing public safety by getting loose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Jamison is leading a staff of around 220 employees, maximizing relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base and instituting new, progressive programming. Prior to coming to Dallas, Jamison was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the animal care and control world in the mid-2000s while he was the animal warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and re-brand the public’s perception of the industry, along with the perception of pit-bull-type dogs. Ed serves on the board of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    Katherine Shenar, CAWA

    Executive Vice President, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Katherine Shenar brings 26 years of experience to her role as executive vice president for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. She has served as CEO for two animal welfare organizations and held leadership roles with four others. Katherine became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

    Steve Zeidman, CAWA

    SVP Software Solutions, Pethealth, Inc.

    Steve Zeidman, CAWA, has more than 20 years’ industry experience, and is a leading expert in animal welfare technology and shelter operations. He is currently the Senior Vice President, Software Solutions, for Pethealth Inc., where he oversees data management solutions for shelters and rescues under the petpoint brand while also supporting Chameleon users. He is the Board Chair of the Catalyst Council, has served as head of research for Petsmart Charities, and was a founding board member of Shelter Animals Count.

  • Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/03/2020

    Explore what roles and behaviors are needed to transform the workplace, what to look out for when recruiting and retaining employees, and give participants tools for creating a work culture that works for everyone.

    Respect among coworkers provides an important foundation for a successful workplace. But it doesn’t end there. An organization must acquire a breadth and wealth of competencies to fulfill its promise of an inclusive and collaborative workplace.  In this high-level, interactive webinar, we will discuss what it means to have an inclusive work culture and the importance of getting commitment and buy-in from the top. Dr. Davis will explore what roles and behaviors are needed to transform the workplace, what to look out for when recruiting and retaining employees, and give participants tools for creating a work culture that works for everyone. The goal of this session is to help organizations not only realize the importance of inclusion but also affect change in their workplace culture for the better. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

    • Reconcile your own feelings and beliefs around inclusion
    • Understand common language and definitions (diversity, inclusion, equity, belonging, access, bias, and unconscious bias)
    • Help leaders lead with a mindset of inclusion by developing inclusive behavior
    • Create an inclusive workforce through recruiting and retention
    • Use tools and tactics for creating a more inclusive work environment

    This 60-minute session was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.

    Dr. Gena Yuvette Davis, PSYD, MBA, CCP, BCC

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Organizational Psychologist

    True Synergy, Inc.

    Gena Yuvette Davis, PSYD, MBA, CCP, BCC, is an organizational psychologist, executive coach, corporate trainer, author, and national speaker. Gena specializes in the area of the self and being, and uses a variety of philosophies and strategies from the applied behavioral and social sciences to help motivate and inspire collaborative  work teams. Gena’s corporate background includes 18 years as a marketing communications executive and consultant, leading strategic marketing,  public relations, advertising, and branding programs.

  • Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/03/2020

    Join us to talk through housing support, eviction response programs, and advocacy for pet owners in crisis.

    Affordable housing was a crisis in every state in the country before the pandemic. Now tens of millions of U.S. renters are estimated to be at risk of eviction in the coming months due to exacerbated economic challenges from COVID-19.  To keep pets in their homes, we have to keep people in their homes. Join us to talk through housing support, eviction response programs, support for the homeless, and advocacy on this important issue. This session runs 75-minutes.

    Post session: Complete the session evaluation afterwards in order to earn a Certificate of Attendance with CE. 



    This session, sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim and Metacam, was recorded during the Fall Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This recording is also part of the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package.

    Amanda Arrington

    Senior Director Of Pets For Life

    The Humane Society Of The United States

    With Pets for Life in over 50 markets across the U.S., Amanda Arrington guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Amanda has received numerous awards for her community outreach work, including the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018. Arrington currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s  Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare.

    Lauren Loney

    Texas State Director

    The Humane Society Of The United States

    Lauren Loney graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law where she was on the executive boards of the Environmental Law Society and the UT Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is a licensed attorney in Texas and has practiced environmental justice and affordable housing law in low-income communities across the state. Before joining HSUS, Lauren was a Staff Attorney and Advocacy Co-Director at Texas Housers, a civil rights and affordable housing nonprofit. She holds a M.S. in Aquatic Resources from Texas State University and a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Mizzou.

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