Dana McPhall, Adjunct Faculty, Institute for Humane Education/ Antioch University New England

“For me, education is about the world I am building . . . and that world is a place of liberation for everyone, including non-human animals.”

Dana McPhall has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors. In 2015, Dana graduated from the joint Valparaiso University/IHE Master of Education-Humane Education program, and she also has a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Public Policy.  Early on in her career, Dana worked to protect and to seek justice for low-income women and children exposed to domestic violence and for animals suffering from cruelty and neglect.  More recently, Dana has dedicated herself to exploring the intersection of humane education and racial justice, particularly the link between race and animality, and to teaching educators, advocates, and parents about the intertwined systemic roots of anti-Black racism and animal exploitation.  Three years ago, Dana joined IHE’s faculty at Antioch University, and started facilitating a self-designed course called Race, Intersectionality and Veganism.  Dana also chairs a working group of IHE staff and alumni dedicated to integrating racial justice issues more deeply into the field of humane education.  In addition, Dana has taught two of the core courses in IHE’s graduate program, Human Rights and Environmental Ethics. 

Most recently, Dana has taken on new roles at Farm Sanctuary, initially as the Director of Community Learning and Engagement, and currently as the Director of Education & Community Engagement, where she oversees Farm Sanctuary’s humane education programs, youth advocacy projects, and the Social Justice & Our Food System Community Learning Program and its accompanying alumni and activist engagement programming for adults.