About RAW

Mission Statement:

  • RAW has two main priorities:

  • Our first priority is simple: to adore animals and encourage others to do so!

  • RAW aims to promote healthy, happy lives for all animals (including humans!) in Bloomington and beyond. Of course, we want to stop cruelty and torture whenever and wherever we see it! One of our major goals is to work with IU students and the Bloomington community in developing achievable methods of making a difference in the lives of animals. By advocating for public policies and laws that protect animal well-being, we believe we can honor the profound connections humans have always shared with animals. RAW is an inclusive organization, not an exclusive one; we welcome all students and faculty who are interested in serving as advocates for animals, no matter what their lifestyle or experience. To that end, we plan and sponsor events that enable all animal lovers to enact and celebrate positive changes.

  • Our second priority is to reshape outdated approaches to animal advocacy.

  • At RAW, we want to give "activism" - as an approach to change and as a means of education - an entirely new, entirely sexy make-over. Too often, animal rights groups resort to retrograde methods of dissent like picketing or staining fur coats with red paint. Because of their implicit violence, these tactics are, quite frankly, passe and very unappealing - and hence alienate a lot of animal lovers who might otherwise participate in organized movements for animal well-being. Believe us, we are quite serious about stopping animal torture and will be utterly outspoken about our intense opposition to animal fighting, puppy mills, the fur trade, factory farming, and inhumane sport hunting. But we want to find innovative ways to make these senseless activities disappear. It is NOT HOT to hurt animals. Compassion RAWks!

  • Here's a link to our constitution.

Officer Bios:

    • Aubree is a senior in SPEA majoring in management with specific interest in nonprofit management. If she had spare time she would spend it reading, drinking tea, and cuddling with her wonderful cat, Tashi. She is passionate about raising awareness on animal issues and she is excited to meet like-minded individuals through RAW. She hopes to make a difference through education and hands-on experience.
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    • William is a senior at Indiana University currently working on an Individualized Major in Animal Ethics, and a second major in Philosophy, with a minor in Religious Studies. He plans to attend graduate school for a Master's in Human Rights Studies, with the possibility of going on to a dual-degree program for a JD/PhD in Law and Philosophy.
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    • Taylor is sophomore from Sullivan, Indiana. She is majoring in biology and pre-veterinary sciences while living at Collins. She has a chinchilla named Mills and a cat named Batman.
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    • Jordan is a junior at Indiana University majoring in biology with a minor in animal behavior. She is pursuing a hands-on career with exotic animals and their care. She has a ball python named Hannibal and a wonderful dog named Rylee Mae. She is passionate about animals and their well-being, and is excited to make a difference through RAW.
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    • Courtney is an environmental science major. She has three pets; two cats (Tiger and Pumpkin) and a dog (Coco), but unfortunately they stay at her mom’s house. Luckily, her roommate has recently brought her cat (Tashi) to their apartment! She loves animals very much and looks forward to everything we do this year to help them.
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    • Emma is a sophomore from Carmel, Indiana majoring in Biology. She is hoping to pursue a certificate in Animal Behavior, and go on to vet school or work in some field related to animals or animal rights. She has four awesome dogs living back at home, and loves spending time with them. Dogs and goats are her favorites, but she enjoys working with all types of animals!
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    • Isabelle is a Freshman in the Kelley School of Business. She has three wonderful cats named Alexander, Sophie, and Lynx. Isabelle is excited to be a member of RAW, and can't wait to make a difference in regard to animal advocacy this year!
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  • Faculty Advisor Bio:

      • Alyce Miller is a professor of English and teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Indiana University. She is the author of two collections of short stories, Water (Mary McCarthy Prize), Sarabande Press, 2007, and The Nature of Longing (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction) W.W. Norton, 1995; and a novel, Stopping for Green Lights, Anchor Doubleday, 1999; and more than 150 short stories, poems, and essays published in literary magazines and anthologies. She leads a double life as a pro bono attorney with a special interest in animal rights law, and is a member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She has written and presented on such topics as the plight of wild animals in captivity, parallels between the children's and animal rights movements, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, pet trusts, and voice, injury, and third party standing; etc. In addition to teaching literature and creative writing, she has recently taught special topics classes such as Animals and Ethics, and the Legal And Literary Animal. She is currently at work on a manuscript of poems about animals, as well as a series of essays examining the complex relationships between human and nonhuman animals. In 2005 she organized and hosted an interdisciplinary conference on animals, Kindred Spirits, at Indiana University. She is an International Associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of the Institute of Critical Animal Studies, and Animals and Society: Journal of Human-Animal Studies.