• #AnimalsOnTheMind

  • The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) and Green Chimneys are proud to present our 4th biennial Animals on the Mind conference, Humane Communities: Diversity, inclusion and welfare in human-animal-environment interactions, at University of Denver on May 14-15, 2020!

    Humane Communities optimize healthy connections between people, other animals and the environment. There is an inextricable link between the health and welfare of these living systems, spanning from relationships providing mutual benefit to those creating detriment for one or all. It is critical to examine how human-animal relationships reflect cultural values, diversity, inclusion and welfare from various perspectives. This conference will feature social justice-informed research findings and practice models for a culturally responsive approach to the development of humane communities.

  • Inspiring Minds
    Inspiring Minds

    Philip Tedeschi and Michael Kaufmann start the 2016 conference by discussing their peak human-animal interaction moments.

  • Animals on the Mind 4.0 Has Been Cancelled as of 3/13/20

  • Updates

    The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver (DU) Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) regrets to inform you that the Animals on the Mind 4.0: Humane Communities conference scheduled for May 14-15, 2020 has been cancelled. It was an honor to work with such amazing speakers, sponsors, colleagues, volunteers, and students during the development of this special event and we thank all of them greatly for their contributions. We hope to re-craft this conference in another way or at another time and will work with our staff and speakers to develop a cohesive plan, given the current global circumstances. Our interconnected community health is of the utmost importance and IHAC fully supports prevention and mitigation efforts currently underway through our school, university and local and state governments.

    All conference registration and parking fees will be automatically refunded to the card used for the initial transaction. Those who made an optional donation during registration can reach out to MaryBeth Lawson with any questions or concerns. Luckily, many hotels and airlines are providing special re-booking and cancellation options. We apologize for any inconveniences this causes and appreciate your understanding as we navigate the impacts of COVID-19.

    IHAC will be in touch with future event information and opportunities to be involved in our work. You are always welcome to visit our website to learn more about our research and educational initiatives.

    Best wishes to you and yours.


    The IHAC Team

  • Dogs at the Conference

    In the spirit of our field, we welcome service animals, therapy dogs and therapy dogs-in-training at the conference when they are accompanied by handlers who actively maintain attention to the welfare of their animal partner. Davis Auditorium is a stage and stadium seating style, large venue that will be very full with conference attendees. Please keep in mind that the conference days will be long for all of us and that your dog's needs may take you outside of the conference at times. While service and therapy dogs are welcome to attend, please be courteous of other dog’s and handler’s space as there may be many teams moving around this busy event. All dogs must remain on a leash at all times while on campus.



This portfolio last updated: 24-Apr-2020 9:24 PM