Every year, the UW Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program invites a scholar from another university or part of the country who we believe is doing exciting or thought provoking work in ABA to come visit our program. The scholar meets with faculty, talks with students, and showcases his or her own scholarly work through a presentation to both students and BCBAs from the broader Puget Sound community.
This year our visiting scholar is Elizabeth Fong. Her presentation will explore various topics regarding diversity and multiculturalism in the field of behavior analysis. Video clips from behavior analysts around the world will be shared so that participants are able to view the application of ABA to diverse populations and hear about some of the challenges and victories that behavior analysts experience. In addition, participants will be asked to participate in a few self-reflective activities to challenge their views on diversity and multiculturalism. Finally, discussion around increasing culturally-aware behavior analysts in practice, considerations regarding the barriers that perpetuate the lack of diversity and equity in our field, and supervision of diverse clinicians will be explored.