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Equity Committee

Description of Committee

The APBS Equity Committee is a diverse group of individuals who come together as a team to help center intersectionality and equity, belonging, and inclusion throughout APBS and within positive behavior support practices. Our committee is comprised of practitioners, leaders, higher education instructors, researchers, and technical assistance providers. We would love for you to join!

Our committee meets The second Friday of each month at 11:00 est. Committee meetings usually last one hour. During our meetings we check in on each other and progress toward completing tasks and goals, and discuss new ideas. The types of tasks our committee works on include surveys about equity and diversity, learning opportunities for the board and APBS membership, important position statements to guide the field, and plans to celebrate and promote diversity in the PBS community. Our committee is also represented across all other APBS committees in order for equity to be centered in across all APBS work (e.g., Board policies, strategic plans, conference, communication, and professional development).

Chairs: Satish Moorthy, Erika McDowell (dedicated Equity seat), Jessica Swain-Bradway, Sara McDaniel
Regular attending members: Alejandra Gallego (ex-officio), Milaney leverson, Jodie Soracco, Kelly Perales, Kelsey Schmitz, Steve Goodman, Clynita Grafenreed, Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsal, Ashley Rila, Kent McIntosh, Muna Khalif

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Sample work:

Board Approved Equity Statement: APBS is committed to equity and social justice for historically marginalized and oppressed families, communities, students, and practitioners. Our work informs individuals, institutions, and organizations through systems development and strategies designed to disrupt interpersonal and structural forms of inequity, discrimination, and racism.

Equity webinar: October 2022: Supporting the LGBTQ Community through Positive Behavior Support, Panel Discussion

Equity podcast: Feb 8th 2022: Episode 4 :What does equity mean to PBIS?
In this episode we discuss anti-racism in implementation science, specifically PBIS. PBIS as a liberatory tool is explored.
Co-hosts for this episode are leaders in the PBS world. The host (Muna KHalif) welcomes the following guest co-hosts (APBS leaders).

  1. Dr. Kurt Hatch
  2. Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims
  3. Dr. Erika McDowell
  4. Dr. Jessica Swain-Bradway