Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Panel #535A
Special Dialogue Session: Addressing Diversity and Respect in Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 28, 2018
7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom DE
Domain: Theory
Chair: Carol Pilgrim (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
ELIZABETH HUGHES FONG (Saint Joseph's University)
KENT JOHNSON (Morningside Academy)
GREGORY K. REED (Howard University)
SARAH BLOOM (University of South Florida)

This dialogue session is designed to begin an organization-wide conversation about how ABAI can facilitate positive change and help members work together to create an environment that supports professional and respectful behavior among ourselves and throughout the behavior analytic community. Concerns about diversity and harassment currently being discussed are deep and real, and the expression of those concerns has been thoughtful, measured, and sincere. They require serious attention. Encouraging participation from all segments of our diverse membership, this session will provide a forum for ABAI members to share their views regarding how our organization and the wider behavior analysis community can promote a culture of respect supporting the diverse interests, backgrounds, and abilities of its membership. This session consists of a panel including representation from different segments of our community, members with diversity of nationality, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender and ethnicity. Members of the ABAI Council will be at the session and want to hear from you, our members. The overall goal of the meeting is to provide guidance for ABAI leadership as they develop a plan for further addressing these important topics in effective ways going forward.




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