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Graduate School of Social Work

Institute for Human-Animal Connection


The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) is a center for the study of the interrelationship and health of people, animals and the environment.

Upcoming Events

  • April 8, 2015: Join IHAC and partners for a screening of a documentary on the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust followed by a facilitated discussion and photo exhibit on the socio-ecological pressures that threaten elephant populations. The event will be in Sturm Hall Davis Auditorium from 6:00-8:00pm. RSVP for this free event here.

  • April 24-25, 2015: Green Chimney's hosts their 2015 Human-Animal Interaction conference in partnership with IHAC. "Growing Together: Kids, Animals and Sowing the Seeds of Resiliency" is a continuing education opportunity for human-animal interaction professionals. Get more information and register.


  • New evidence is always emerging regarding the significance of the human-animal bond. A new study suggests that companion animals may prove to be a helpful addition to treatment programs designed to help children with ASDs improve their social skills and interactions with other people. Find out more here
  • Read about Marc Beckoff's work teaching animal behavior in the Boulder County Jail here
  • Take action to save wildlife! Measure and find out how you can reduce your ecological impact using the Global Footprint Network's Footprint Calculator here. SIgn the petition banning the sale of ivory in the state of Colorado here
  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison did a special alumni piece on IHAC's Executive Director, Philip Tedeschi. Read the full article here. 
  • IHAC, Chuck & Don's and Animal-Assisted Social Work students highlighted on local news! See the Fox News story here.
  • University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work students organize animal-assisted stress relief event at DU Law School. See the 9News story here.
  • Chuck & Don's donates $23k to IHAC for new safe shelter program for pets.
  • Executive Director Philip Tedeschi discusses human-animal relationships on the radio show Our Wild World. Listen to the full interview
  • IHAC successfully hosted its first Practitioners Conference, Transforming Trauma: Research Developments and Methods for Trauma-Informed Animal Assisted Interventions, on May 7 and 8, 2014.