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!
List of Members
Chairs: Satish Moorthy, Erika McDowell (dedicated Equity seat), Jessica Swain-Bradway,
Attending members: Alejandra Gallego (ex-officio), Milaney Leverson, Jodie Soracco, Kelly Perales, Kelsey Schmitz, Steve Goodman, Clynita Grafenreed, Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsal, Kent McIntosh, Muna Khalif , Dianna Yip, Nikole Hollins-Sims, Marney Pollack, Bob Putnam, Felicia Rutledge, Kimberly Selders, Lesley Gomez, Shiralee Poed
Ways To Get Involved
Our committee meets the last week of the month, during the evening for our America-based members, so our international members can attend. 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 data collection related to DEI, 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).
- Email committee chairs to join our meetings.
Satish Moorthy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erika McDowell: email@example.com
Jessica Swain-Bradway: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend upcoming equity strand at 2024 conference in Chicago, IL.
- Support data collection, for your own network, that allows you to examine access and outcomes disaggregated by ethnicity, language, gender identity, etc.
- Nominate and vote for APBS board members that represent a range of ethnicities, languages, gender identities, people with disabilities, etc.
Equity Position Statement:
Racial Justice Statement from spring 2020, (linked on website somewhere already)
Update to Racial Justice statement 2021 (linked on website somewhere already)
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.
October 2022: Supporting the LGBTQ Community through Positive Behavior Support, Panel Discussion, APBS Member Archives
Feb 8th 2022: Episode 8 :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) Dr. Kurt Hatch, Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims, Dr. Erika McDowell, and Dr. Jessica Swain-Bradway.
December 16, 2022. Episode 10: Equity and Inclusion in APBS, an Interview with Drs. Don Kincaid and Erika Leslie McDowell
In this episode, Tanya Misgen, co-host of the APBS podcast, along with Drs. Don Kincaid and Erika McDowell, discusses the topic of equity and inclusion within APBS and more broadly as it relates to the positive behavior support framework.
Episode 11: Integrated Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) with Drs. Goodman & McIntosh
Together in 2016, Drs. Goodman and McIntosh co-authored the book Integrated Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Blending RTI and PBIS. The book’s purpose is to combine the response to intervention (RTI) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) models into a single multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Join us in this episode as your APBS podcast hosts Muna Khalif and Tanya Misgen talk with the book’s authors.