We at DCABA have been watching the news with a heavy heart. We share in the grief, dismay, and confusion of the tragic death of George Floyd. We stand with our DC community and all neighbors across this country who face hate, ignorance, discrimination, profiling, excessive force, and even death. Racial inequality and civil rights injustices continue to negatively affect this country, including our diverse capital. We stand and advocate for the peaceful cause that all men and women should be treated equally and justly.
Our country is desperate to see lasting behavior change in true equality, diversity acceptance, justice and tolerance. It is our hope that behavior analysis can be a platform for helping to solve these real-world issues, and we will continue to seek ways to learn how leaders and science can work in communion to promote this mission.
How humans behave toward one another is crucial and now is the time to enact behavior change and policy change to ensure all are treated equally regardless of socio-economic status, religion, or race etc. We are devastated at the senseless violence and current events in our nation and nation’s capital. We have provided reading resources below about racism, as well as webinars to discuss and learn more about the current events and where to go from here as a nation.
*************Webinars and Reading Resources *************
BHCOE Webinar: June 4 Free Webinar 10am Pacific/1pm EST –" Open Discussion About Race and Diversity in Behavior Analysis." Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UqzS3aThScGF9sf3Fz9rhg
ABA Task Force - June 19 -"Meeting to Eradicate Social Injustices" - register at https://vbetheamiller.wixsite.com/abataskforce
DCPS Webinar: -recorded FREE - "Talking to your children about Race” webinar recorded. Watch free at Parent University live webinar
Uncomfortable BCBA - recorded - $10- " Committing to a better world:
Justice ACT and ABA." https://www.uncomfortablex.com/events-1/justice-act-aba-committing-to-a-better-world-2
Talking with children of each age group about racism, police brutality and protests:
A Kids Book about Racism. By Jelani Memory
“What it’s like to be a Black Autism Researcher,” posted October 22, 2020, found at https://www.spectrumnews.org/features/multimedia/podcasts/what-its-like-to-be-a-black-autism-researcher/
“Race, disability, and grade: Social relationships in children with autism spectrum disorders,” published March 10, 2016, found at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1362361315627792
Gingles, D. (2021, January 28). Igniting Collective Freedom: An Integrative Behavioral Model of Acceptance and Commitment towards Black Liberation. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/zk7jh
Najdowski, A., Gharapetian, L., & Jewett, V. (2020, September 6). Towards the Development of Antiracist and Multicultural Graduate Training Programs in Behavior Analysis. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/384vr
· George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children? – USA Today, May 31, 2020
· Don’t Say Nothing. – Teaching Tolerance, Fall 2016
· Maintaining Professionalism In The Age of Black Death Is….A Lot – Medium, May 28, 2020
· Teachers Must Hold Themselves Accountable for Dismantling Racial Oppression – Education Post, May 29, 2020