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 amazing, beloved husband).

Deciding to go vegan.

Enrolling in IHE’s program.

By the time I found out about IHE I was already passionate about animal protection and environmental stewardship. I had been involved in activism for years. And I had a teaching background.

So I was a bit skeptical about whether humane education could further my journey as a world-changer.

It did.

It also transformed my life. And that’s not an exaggeration.

I learned so much, gained so many new skills and insights, transformed the way I lived and thought, and found a tribe of others who shared my passion to create a better world for all.

And nearly every IHE graduate feels the same.

I asked some fellow graduates what the greatest benefits were to being an IHE grad. Here are a few of their responses.

“My top three: a deep connection with fellow alumni (even those I don’t know in person), being awake and aware, having the knowledge and tools to guide others.” ~ Lexie (M.Ed. 2014)

“Being able to face the news of the day and see a teaching opportunity rather than feeling lost; knowing that there are a team of amazing solutionaries who will hear my calls for help/advice/support; a support system that encourages me to be a learner long after my diploma is signed.” ~ Lauren (M.Ed. IL 2013)

A) The learning
B) The community
C) The joy/optimism
~ Pierce (M.Ed. 2016)

“The opportunity to explore a broad range of societal issues, something I might not have done were it a less interdisciplinary program.” ~ Kate (M.Ed. 2009)

“I’m becoming a much better teacher of language, literature, and culture, and I’ve been able to share what I’ve learned with my colleagues and at conferences, helping to promote humane ed at the college level.” ~ Stacy (grad. certificate 2015)

You can read interviews with our students and graduates to find out more about their experiences and their thoughts about IHE’s grad program.

IHE’s programs deeply examine root problems and emphasize the interconnectedness between human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and culture and change and help our students find their best way to manifest humane education.

The deadline for the summer semester for our graduate programs is nearing (May 5). If you want to combine your passion and skills and turn them into positive action for people, animals, and the earth, we invite you to apply now.

If our graduate program feels like a leap you’re not yet ready for, but you don’t want to wait any longer to start your humane education journey, register for one of our online courses (next sessions begin in June).