Advancing Racial Equity in Social Work for Human & Animal Well-Being - IHAC Seminar with Mueni Rudd

When:  Apr 20, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals

Join Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) as they host @Mueni Rudd Senior Director of Research & Development at CARE/Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity. This event takes place on Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MDT in Nelson Hall Room 192 and over Zoom.

Title: Advancing Racial Equity in Social Work for Human and Animal Well-Being

Black, Indigenous, and other people of color remain noticeably absent in the human-animal-environment interactions (HAEI) fields (e.g., social work, animal protection). This presentation will discuss best practices for incorporating critical consciousness, community wisdom, and deep listening on human and animal well-being issues into social work research and practice. By inviting attendees to engage in reflection on colonial whiteness and racialized lived experiences, this presentation will raise awareness and promote action toward greater racial equity in the HAEI field.

Mueni is a Kenyan American scholar advocate with years of experience in racial justice, social activism, and evaluative research. She graduated from Huston-Tillotson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Then went on to earn a Master of Social Work graduate degree from Texas State University. She has a consistent history of membership and participation in professional academic associations and service organizations. She is a published writer and proud TEDx speaker committed to filling the gaps of current Western training and approaches that avoid issues of racial diversity and ethnic cultural differences. She prioritizes Black and other historically marginalized group liberation in all her professional and community contributions. Her focus on accountability can be seen in her efforts to acknowledge systemic and institutional oppression by centering these populations. Mueni is always willing to dive deeply into literature and lived experiences to suggest equity centered and research informed recommendations. Her work amplifies historically oppressed communities, promotes authentic multicultural dialogue, and creates cross-cultural communication which fosters awareness and healing.

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When:  Apr 20, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals


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