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Marsha is IHE's Director of E-learning, Education Resources, and Alumni Relations and part of the online course faculty. More

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Become a Global Citizen (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 5, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

“… the world’s future depends on global citizens.” Globally, news stories and conversations abound about keeping certain kinds of people (refugees, immigrants, people with beliefs we fear) out of “our” borders. We hear talk of… More

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What a Humane World Looks Like: Rethinking Tradition, Habit, and Culture

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 2, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw One of the mini-activities I do as part of a presentation I give on the lives and deaths of factory farmed animals is a survey. As I flip through images of farmed… More

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Resources for Self-Care for Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw We become humane educators and changemakers because we’re passionate about creating a just, humane world for all beings. Because of our work we daily encounter stories of cruelty and injustice. And we… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Simple Questions to Ask Ourselves Before We Buy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Despite the rise of minimalism and conscious consumerism and the possibility of “peak stuff,” we humans still buy a lot. Grist recently reported on a new study in the Journal of Industrial… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Lee Anne Chapman

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 23, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

Lee Anne Chapman is a 2014 IHE graduate certificate grad. She says, “An optimistic activist, vegan for over 20 years, I have a passion for learning better ways of doing things and personal development.” Lee… More

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IHE’s Graduate Program Changed Our Lives – It Will Change Yours, Too

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 16, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Most of us have been blessed with at least a few positive life-changing experiences. Mine have included getting married at 18 (and still being married more than 30 years later to my… More

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4 Videos for Introducing Privilege

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw When I was in school, we never talked about privilege. I think the first time it was addressed in a class was my studies in humane education — after 2.5 bachelor’s degrees… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Kristina Hulvershorn

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 9, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. graduate Kristina Hulvershorn started her career as a teacher. Now she works in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the Youth Program Director for Peace Learning Center and as the Indianapolis Program Manager for HEART. Kristina… More

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An Ocean of Plastic (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on April 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Plastic has become ubiquitous not only in our lives, but in our oceans. Elementary school teacher (and IHE graduate certificate alum) Betsy Farrell-Messenger has created a lesson plan to help younger students think critically about… More

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“All American Boys” Tackles Police Brutality, Racial Justice, and Being an Upstander

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 2, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Rashad’s stop at a local convenience store for a bag of chips turns into a nightmare when he is brutally beaten during an arrest for a crime he didn’t commit. Quinn witnesses… More