“The Brave Space program was created to provide learners the opportunity to expand their knowledge, engage in self-awareness, building processes, and ultimately come out as a more intentionally committed ally for promoting safe, inclusive environments for every member of the profession,” says Douglas Kratt, DVM, AVMA president, in an association release.
The program offers a self-paced and interactive curriculum that is instructed by field experts and consists of 3 educational categories and 7 modules:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
- Combating unconscious bias and marginalization
- LGBTQIA identity and understanding
- LGBTQIA inclusion and support
- Understanding and addressing racism
- Plan, prevent, respond
- Preventing workplace harassment
Additionally, participants can earn 1 CE credit for each completed module. After finishing all 7 modules, they will receive an AVMA Brave Space certificate of completion.
“A workplace that offers a safe, welcoming environment is one in which everyone—from team members to patients and clients, to the community which a practice serves—is seen and valued,” says Jen Brandt, PhD, AVMA’s director of well-being and diversity initiatives. “By recognizing and understanding the diversity within these groups, our differences can be our greatest strength and an asset to your practice.”