About Kimmela

What is The Kimmela Center?

It is the only organization focusing exclusively on bridging the gap between academic research/scholarship and on-the-ground animal advocacy efforts.

A “think-and-do tank” dedicated to moving beyond debate and theoretical discourse into real-world animal advocacy applications.

(Kimmela is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.)

What does Kimmela do?

We empower animal advocacy by connecting it with science and scholarship in order to transform attitudes and behavior toward other animals.

We promote the inclusion of animal advocacy in mainstream academic and cultural circles.

We work with students and young professionals to cultivate a new generation of scholar-advocacy for animals.

What is scholar-advocacy?

It is a new professional model for animal advocacy based on scholarship that is solutions-driven and applied to real-world problems.  Scholar-advocacy bridges the gap between the world of academics, science and scholarship, and the world of on-the-ground, active, animal advocacy efforts.

What does the word “Kimmela” mean?

Kimmela is a Native American word for butterfly, the most widely recognized symbol of transformation in nature. It demonstrates our commitment to transforming the relationship between human and nonhuman animals.

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