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.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Invited Panel #105
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Reflections on Our Journey Into DEI: A Conversation With the ABAI DEI Board
Saturday, May 28, 2022
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Ballroom Level 3; Ballroom East/West
Area: DEI; Domain: Theory
Chair: Elizabeth Hughes Fong (Pepperdine University), Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
CE Instructor: Elizabeth Hughes Fong, Ph.D.
Panelists: R. WAYNE WAYNE FUQUA (Western Michigan University), JOVONNIE L. ESQUIERDO-LEAL (University of Nevada, Reno), JOMELLA WATSON-THOMPSON (University of Kansas)

This panel represents the third annual DEI Board discussion in a series designed to provide the ABAI membership with: 1) updates on Board activities, 2) opportunities for considering specific topics of relevance to advancing DEI efforts within ABAI and more broadly, and 3) a mechanism for input and ideas from the audience. This year’s panel will focus on the potential contributions of behavior analysis theory and scientific research to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in ABAI and, more generally, in society. A brief review of the Board’s actions over the past year will be provided by the Co-Coordinators of the ABAI DEI Board, Elizabeth Fong, and Ramona Houmanfar. In addition, ABAI DEI Board members will share perspectives on how DEI issues have impacted our ABA community. Time for questions and comments from the audience will be included to allow for sharing relevant experiences and lessons learned.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

intermediate - good grasp of ABA, some experience or interest in working on DEI issues, some experience or interest in working with diverse populations

Learning Objectives: 1. Name at least one step that behavior analysts are taking to address DEI in the field 2. Identify ways that they can engage in DEI practice 3. Identify ways that DEI issues have impacted our ABA community
R. WAYNE WAYNE FUQUA (Western Michigan University)
JOVONNIE L. ESQUIERDO-LEAL (University of Nevada, Reno)
JOMELLA WATSON-THOMPSON (University of Kansas)



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