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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #537A
Diversity submission ABAI Diversity and Inclusion Discussion
Monday, May 27, 2019
4:00 PM–5:20 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Lobby Level, Crystal Ballroom C
Area: CSS; Domain: Theory
Chair: Mark A. Mattaini (Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois at Chicago), Carol Pilgrim (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
JOVONNIE L. ESQUIERDO-LEAL (University of Nevada, Reno)
JOMELLA WATSON-THOMPSON (University of Kansas)

As appears to be true across all scientific and technical fields, behavior analysis is not immune to sexual harassment, disrespect, discrimination, and behavior reflecting explicit and implicit bias. This panel and discussion are a follow-up to the open forum on these issues at the 2018 ABAI Convention. The panel presentation will provide information on (a) the challenges faced by organizations like ABAI, (b) options for addressing those challenges using a constructional strategy, (c) reports on the work being done by the ABAI Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion Task Force and the ABAI Council going forward, (d) the realities of and approaches to manage and weaken the implicit biases that all carry, and (e) how behaviorists can begin to engage with these issues within our organization, but also in work and community settings, as behavioral and cultural analysts. Our science offers specific knowledge and alternatives for shaping and maintaining diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures organizationally and in the community. The second half of the program will be oriented toward contributions (questions and comments) from attendees and panel responses.

Instruction Level: Basic



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