Assessing the State of DEI in Animal Welfare

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

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 

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:

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

Congratulations to Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control for being named first and second place winners, respectfully, in the 2021 Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award. Thank you to Pethealth Inc. for sponsoring the award and promoting innovation in animal welfare.  Learn more about the winners.

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. 

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