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Animal Rights and Social Work: Passion for Compassion

March 6, 2018


6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Room 109 McMahon 


The topic for the course will be how Animal Rights and Welfare relates to Social Work practice. Specifically, we will examine how animals rights relate to human rights, how animal liberation relates to social justice, and how embracing animals will allow us as social workers, clinicians and human rights advocates to better work with our clients.


Aaron Kesselman is a Licensed Social worker with 17 years’ experience in both the medical and academic fields. This includes extensive experience in Long Term Managed Care and hospital-based care. Currently Mr. Kesselman serves as the Assistant Director of Field Instruction for Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. He is also an adjunct faculty member, having taught a variety of courses on clinical practice and end of life issues.

Jenny Brown: Jenny Brown is a longtime animal rights activist and Founder of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in New York—one the country’s most recognized and respected sanctuaries for farmed animals.  She previously worked in film and television, until  she went undercover  in Texas  to document  farmed animal abuse. That experience led her to dedicate her life to helping farmed animals. After 12 years of running the sanctuary, Jenny left to focus on a full-time national lecture tour, raising awareness about the plight of animals used and abused  in food production. Jenny’s story and the work of the sanctuary has been featured  in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine,  CNN, The Diane Rehm Show and more. She is the author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals.

Rachel Atcheson: Rachel currently serves as the Animal Welfare  Liaison for the NYC Mayor’s Office. She grew up in Washington, DC, and majored in Philosophy at Boston University. After graduating she moved to Philly and worked as the Philadelphia Grassroots Director for The Humane League, a farm animal advocacy group, where she focused her efforts bringing “Meatless Monday” to the Philly School District, speaking in Philly public schools,  and building up a strong veg community. After two years in Philly, she moved to DC to create the Campus Outreach Department which grew from working with 18 students to 52, paying each student to conduct advocacy on their campus; during those two years Rachel traveled around the country and spoke on dozens of campuses, to thousands of college students, about the current state of animal agriculture. She now works at the New York City Mayor’s Office as the Animal Welfare  Liaison, working on topics from banning wild animals in the circus, to non-lethal deer management, to introducing food topics inside government

Continuing Education Hours

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is a provider of social work continuing education hours, as approved by the New York State Education Department Board for Social Work.

Completion of these classes will result in the receipt of two (2) continuing education hours. CEHs are not awarded for partial completion of the class.

Class Fee

The price is listed below:

  • Fordham GSS Alumni:  $60
  • Fordham GSS Students:  $10
  • Fordham Current Field Instructors:  $10
  • Other Students:  $80
  • All others:  $70

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Refunds and Cancellations

In the event that the class is cancelled, a full refund will be given.

Contact Us

Keila Zapata-Kelly, MSW, CASAC-T
Administrator of Continuing Education & Social Work Licensure