A Summary of Encompass’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Services

Incorporating DEI into an organization’s culture requires a paradigm shift. It requires everyone in the organization—from top to bottom, no matter how they racially identify—to be willing to grapple with how race affects our work for animals and our movement at-large. DEI work can take many forms and for some, it may be a brand new concept. We created this fact sheet to summarize how we help organizations realize their DEI goals.

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Encompass’ new managing director: An interview with Michelle Rojas-Soto

Activists are special. They choose to work in service of others, at a time when most people choose to work in service of self. Encompass supports activists and activist organizations, helping them create the conditions that will allow them to focus on their work, reach their goals, and thrive.

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Why I rarely use the term “intersectional”

To truly understand intersectionality we have to go back to the creator of the term itself, Kimberlé Crenshaw, who back in 1989 used it to address the dual systems of gender and race, specifically for Black women. Today “intersectionality” is often incorrectly used to explain just about any intersection of oppression.

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Senator Cory Booker expresses support for Encompass

In early December 2018, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)––the most outspoken ethical vegan in Congress––expressed his support for Encompass. Check out his video here.

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Q&A with Berto Calkins of “What’s Good, Berto?” and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

We interviewed Berto Calkins influencer at the Tatted Vegan and board member of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary to better understand his approach to animal advocacy and why Woodstock has upgraded its mission to live by the principle that inclusivity strengthens an organization.

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How We Approach DEI Work With Organizations (And Why)

At Encompass, we’re interested in getting to the root of the issue because the evidence is clear: racial diversity—without emphasis on equity, inclusion, and belonging—is ineffective. This post takes a deep dive not just into why we do this work, but how (and it’s chock full of references).

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How Examining My Whiteness Brought Me to Animal Rights

Growing up in rural Virginia, veganism was never on the menu. It was one of the many things I simply did not know about until later in my life—much like the idea that I could love women, or that I am complicit in systems that oppress people of color.

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The Path I’ve Traveled: The need for belonging

I’ve struggled with identity and place my whole life. I never feel totally at home anywhere, so I’m always searching to belong. As I’ve worked to develop the core tenets of Encompass, I’ve realized that, like me, most advocates of color also need a sense of belonging to thrive in this movement.

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Encompass’ one-year report

Encompass launched on August 1, 2017—less than one year ago—and the enthusiasm we’ve received, and the momentum we’ve created, has surpassed my wildest expectations. Here are some highlights from our one-year report.

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A response to the recent “zero tolerance” border policy

As an animal group that discusses issues related to race, it can sometimes be difficult to know when to wade into the national political conversation. But as the child of immigrant parents, I can’t help but feel a certain type of closeness with these children. As a movement, as people who show compassion to nonhuman animals, we must show this to our fellow humans.

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