Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR)

Canisius College affirms its strong commitment to the advancement of ethical thought as it pertains to humankind’s relationship with nature and the other species with whom we share the planet. The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relationships (ISHAR) is at the forefront of Human-Animal Studies, engaging Canisius students and members of our community in dialogs on pressing issues.

ISHAR functions include:

Outreach, advocacy, and education

Since its inception, ISHAR has produced educational materials for the public on topics related to wildlife and human-animal relations. We are excited to introduce our latest effort in that regard, a student produced podcast called Canisius Conservation Conversations. Recent episodes examine human-tiger relationships; stay tuned for exciting new episodes in the future!

Educational travel

ISHAR provides support to students at Canisius who have the opportunity to enroll in courses that explore the world beyond the classroom, immersing them in issues relating to human-animal relationships. While traveling, students have the opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat and learn from locals about the threats faced by these animals. Upon return to Canisius, students engage in outreach or advocacy related to their travel, for example by developing a podcast or fundraising to support conservation efforts. If you have travel that is aligned with the missing of the Institute, please fill out the general support form to request funding. 

Speaker and symposia support

The Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations is proud to bring prestigious speakers to campus to make presentations on topics related to animal/wildlife advocacy. Past speakers include Jane Goodall and Steve Zawistowski of the ASPCA. The Institute is interested in collaborating with other entities at the college to support bringing speakers to campus. If you have a speaker that is aligned with the mission of the Institute, you may request support by filling out this form

Support for students

Students engaging in independent research and academic activities on topics pertaining to human-animal studies may apply for up to $250 in material support for their projects. Examples of appropriate requests include funds for software needed for data analysis, participant incentives, special travel needs, etc. Please click here to find the application form.

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