Behavior Analysts and Racism: A Frank Discussion
Date: June 15, 2020
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm Eastern time
Location: Online (GoToWebinar)
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Recent deaths of Black people at the hands of law enforcement personnel have set the occasion for much-needed widespread scrutiny of systemic racism and its effects. Many behavior analysts are recognizing that they must do more, individually and collectively, to combat those effects. In this session members of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a member of the Board of Directors will share their experiences and perspectives on how ABA practitioners could be better colleagues, mentors, advocates, and service providers to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and what actions our field might take to eradicate racism and other forms of bigotry.
Louis Busch is Community Support Specialist with Shkaabe Makwa at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario, Canada. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and past-president of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis. Louis is a Bear Clan member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and hopes to contribute to positive social change through the advancement of behavioural health services and educational initiatives that promote the recovery and empowerment of marginalized peoples.
Jason Keeler has been a BCBA for 3 years and has worked in the field for 10 years. He currently works in a diverse elementary school program serving students with social/emotional needs. Jason has furthered his lifelong education and understanding of social inequality and racism within the United States through the lens of behavior analysis.
Jose D. Rios, BCBA has worked in the fields of developmental disabilities and applied behavior analysis for over four decades. He is a strong advocate for client rights, dignity, and humanity, and often provides talks and presentations on ethical situations affecting us all. A lifelong passion for social activism has led to his participation in a multitude of social and political avenues and for a variety of social justice causes. Jose has long advocated, deliberated, and ranted on racism in society and the role behavior analysts should play in understanding the causes of racism and just as importantly, what needs to be done about it. He is a cofounder of the Latino Association for Behavior Analysis, a multicultural organization that considers itself the first formal ABA association to specifically address the need for social and ethnic diversity in our field.
Mawule A. Sevon, BCBA has passionately worked with children and families across the city of Philadelphia and the District of Columbia’s metropolitan area. She has earned recognition for her unique contributions to the field of education and behavior analysis. Having earned the BCBA certification and a specialist’s degree in School Psychology, she uses a behavioral approach to impact racial disparities in the education system. The issue that has most captured her attention and catalyzed the focus of her professional practice is the glaring racial inequity in how disciplinary action is applied across schools in the United States. Mawule speaks to and trains professionals on this topic at local and national conferences. She is becoming a leading voice in the conversation about fundamental fairness in education as it relates to increasing culturally responsive practices.