Diversity & Inclusion at IPAHW

International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) is committed to making its events a safe and
welcoming environment for all adults (18 years and older). IPAHW wants each attendee to understand
that diversity and inclusion are active choices and not just passive assumptions.
Our space is open and welcoming to all Human Pets, Trainers, Handlers, Owners, Admirers, and
those expressing curiosity about the scene in a respectful manner. In order to achieve the reality of
inclusion, several concepts must be considered, and several must be actualized.
These concepts must be present and adhered to in our events, feeders, staff, volunteers, educators, judges,
titleholders, and contestants.


We know that unity comes from creating cultures that support and affirm access to inclusive and diverse
spaces, so be sure to check your run books for shared values and other guides.
Together we’re continuing to create something excellent in pet play communities around the world.


Inclusion & Diversity Policies and Agreements:
IPAHW affirms an inclusive, diverse pet player community. We are committed to building inclusive
spaces and events. We are participants in the ever-evolving leather and kink communities which values
authenticity, sovereignty, and joy. We believe it is our duty to actively work toward greater inclusivity
within our communities.

Toward that end, we affirm the following policies and commitments and ask that
you do the same:

 

Please see our Code of Conduct for more information on how to actualize these values you’ve agreed to
uphold. We welcome feedback from our community to help us continually act in the service of all
community members, and we are committed to listening.


Decolonizing Statement:
As part of acting in alignment with our core values, IPAHW is committed to taking actions toward
decolonizing our actions, events, and spaces.
We recognize we are operating on lands and using resources stolen from the Indigenous peoples of
Indiana. Specifically, we would like to acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of the Miami,
Shawnee, and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) tribes, with many more Tribes and peoples being present.

 

Core Values
Equity and Accessibility
As much as possible all IPAHW events, communications, policies, and procedures will support and
affirm equity and accessibility for its members to pet play information and resources.
Where needed and possible we supply language, transportation, space accessibility, pronoun, anti-racism,
and inclusion resources, guidelines, and training.

 

Joy and Sovereignty
Pet play, along with any other types of play, are activities that should bring you happiness. We see
modern pet play as a true expression of joy. We feel this is a critical value to support in times like these
and encourage all to remember this value in their daily life and play.
The concept of sovereignty guides us in policy creation and attendee relations. Sovereignty means that
each person is the property of ones self, expressed as the natural right of a person to have bodily integrity,
and to be the exclusive controller of ones own body and life.
IPAHW uses personal and group autonomy and sovereignty to guide its rules and policies.

 

Shared language
As much as possible we ask that our attendees use gender- and role-neutral language. This is done so that
everyone feels welcome to participate regardless of gender, gender expression, relationship status, or role.
For example: we say, “Friends and Family”, “All Ya’ll”, “Critters and Comrades”, “Paws and People”
(We also encourage and endorse creative alliteration).
We do not say “Ladies and Gentlemen” or other gender exclusive statements when addressing groups.
IPAHW welcomes everyone and using gender and role neutral language as our default helps build safe
spaces and encourages the values of equity and accessibility.

 

Pronoun Flags
We use color flagging to communicate pronouns regardless of headspace or proximity. (i.e.- people in
altered headspace can be properly identified non-verbally or if they are across the room). This small act

and invitation cultivates a culture that is pronoun-aware, which in turn creates safe spaces for our friends
and family.
We are committed to communication of pronouns and we have adopted a color flagging system to help
with this. There are also badge pronoun flags (He/She/They and “My pronouns are…”) available at
registration that adhere to your badge.

 

Helping Paws Desk
Our help desk is staffed 9 am - 6 pm at registration. For after-hours, serious or emergent concerns please
message one of the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinators via the contact information found in their bios.
Get your pronoun flags, bandanas, or help with moving baggage here. Your Diversity & Inclusion
Coordinators and/or Volunteers will be available to help with all your accessibility needs or questions.
We will also have a schedule of all Safe Space and Social meetups at IPAHW, as well as contact
information for POC, BIPOC, Trans, Queer, Women, and other minority groups available in other
languages as needed.
American Sign Language interpreters and Mobility assistance is also available here.

 

Code of Conduct
IPAHW wants each attendee to understand that consent, inclusion, and safety are active choices and not
just passive assumptions. To help with this understanding, we have put together a few basic guidelines
and things to remember:

 

Consent
Always ask for permission to touch people and/or their property.
● To help make things easier, IPAHW has provided two color-coded wristbands. Green means
hugs and social touching is ok. Red means, ask before any physical contact.
If someone is without a wristband or their wristband isn't visible, always assume that verbal consent is
required.
Sexual or suggestive contact should always be negotiated.
This space is provided to help all in attendance to explore and enjoy the Human Pet scene. Those who
share our space need to be aware that there may be blatant displays of kink and sexuality. If this kind of
open environment is of concern, we would recommend that you not attend.
If you have concerns about consent or possible violations, please contact the Helping Paws desk or Safety
staff located at registration (additional platforms may also be presented before or during the event).

 

Inclusion
Discriminatory behavior will not be tolerated.
Do not shame the interests of others (sexual or otherwise) in word, action, or behavior.
Do not shame people’s bodies or self-expression in word, action, or behavior.

 

Safety
Do not photograph anyone who has not given you express consent. Do not tag people on social media
without their express consent. There is an event photographer who will be taking photos and doing their
best to blur out those who do not consent and those that don’t wish to have their photos taken, as
identified by their wearing of a red lanyard attached to the badge.

● Be mindful that not everyone has the luxury of having home and work lives that are safe from
discrimination.
● If you accidentally snap someone in the background, crop or edit them out.

 

Policy Violations
Any individuals or groups are found in violation of the Code of Conduct or the Diversity & Inclusion
Policies after investigation by IPAHW Executive Staff/ Board of Directors they will be immediately
dismissed from the event without refund.
If you have ANY needs or concerns not addressed here please go to the Helping Paws desk. They are
empowered to do everything within their power and ability to make this the best IPAHW yet. You can
also contact L.T. or Mx. T. on any of the platforms listed on their bios.
We care about you. IPAHW cares about you.

Have a wonderful weekend and PLAY!


 

Coordinator Directory
Sir Justin – Executive Director
Pup Kona – Contest Producer & IPAHW Co-Producer
Ruckus – Weekend Producer
Caressa – Volunteer Coordinator
Mickey Rebel - Bootblack Coordinator
Mx. T and LT - Diversity & Inclusion Coordinators
Lady Eos – Vendor Coordinator
Pup Incus – Contestant/Contest Coordinator
TBA – Education Coordinator

Mission Statement & Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

 

International Puppy and Handler Weekend (IPAHW) is committed to making its events a safe and welcoming environment.  IPAHW wants each attendee to understand that consent, inclusion, and safety are active choices and not just passive assumptions.  Our space is open and welcoming to any and all Human Pets, Trainer/Handlers, Admirers, and those expressing curiosity about the scene in a respectful manner.  To help with this understanding, we have put together a few basic guidelines and things to consider:

 

CONSENT:

  1. Always ask for permission to touch people and/or their property.  To help make things easier, IPAHW has provided two color-coded wristbands.  Green means 'hugs and social touching is ok.' Red means, 'ask before any physical contact. If someone is without a wristband or their wristband isn't visible, always assume that verbal consent is required.  Sexual or suggestive contact should always be negotiated.

  2. This space is provided to help explore and enjoy the Human Pet scene. Those who share our space need to be aware that there may be blatant displays of kink and sexuality. If this kind of open environment is of concern, we would recommend that you not attend.

INCLUSION:

  1. Discriminatory behaviour will not be tolerated.

  2. Do not shame the interests of others (sexual or otherwise) in word, action, or behaviour.

  3. Do not shame people’s bodies or self expression in word, action or behaviour.

SAFETY:

  1. Do not photograph anyone who has not given you express consent.  Be mindful that not everyone has the luxury of having home and work lives that are safe from discrimination.  If you accidentally snap someone in the background, crop or edit them out. There is an event photographer who will be taking photos and doing their best to blur out those who do not consent.

  2. Do not tag people on social media without their consent.

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