We are a soon-to-be launched organization serving the animal protection movement. As it stands today, the animal protection movement has a reputation of being a white movement; we want to expand our reach. Encompass is a niche group that is small and targeting two groups: 1) the existing (and mostly white) animal protection organizations to be more conscious of how race and culture factor into our movement’s outreach, hiring, and other priorities and to help them take concrete steps to making action. 2) Animal advocates of color, by providing a space for them to not only enter the movement but also thrive within it.
Our mission is: To increase effectiveness in the animal protection movement by fostering greater racial diversity and inclusion while empowering advocates of color.
Our vision is: A thriving animal protection movement that operates at its fullest potential because it reflects the racial diversity of the United States and its organizations and advocates embrace a culture of inclusion.
The word “Encompass” has many meanings: to include comprehensively, to bring about or accomplish, to encircle. And the archaic definition is to cause something to take place. All of these definitions accurately describe the goals of this project. Chiefly, Encompass’ goal is to include people of color—more comprehensively—in the animal protection movement. And it will metaphorically encircle people of color, helping them feel like they have a home in our movement. Through all of this, the archaic definition will ring true: we will cause a change to take place and our movement will be stronger and more effective because of it.
In addition, the word "compass" is part of the full word “encompass,” illuminating the direction this group will provide for our movement, as well as figuratively speaking to the moral compass of our movement, and the need to be all-encompassing.