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AzABA Guiding Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis acknowledges the existence of systemic racism and implicit bias, as well as other forms of discrimination and exclusion in our society including, but not limited to sexism, ableism, religious discrimination, and discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ communities. Within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and its applications, systemic racism and implicit bias impact interactions between supervisors and employees, service providers and caregivers, and practitioners and clients/recipients of services. AzABA also recognizes societal barriers to seeking graduate training in ABA, leading to lack of diversity in our certificants. AzABA acknowledges the impact of systemic discrimination in who has access to behavior analytic services and who does not.

AzABA recognizes the importance of committed action within the mission of the organization and is committed to using a behavior analytic lens to dismantle social injustice, systemic oppression, and racial inequities by specifically targeting training and education for membership, increasing diversity in membership population and leadership, improving access to services in equitable ways, and impacting and informing policy and legislation. The association works to increase awareness and understanding, discover and remove barriers to access services and training, to ultimately enrich our AzABA community by diversifying membership and raising the quality of services we provide.

AzABA Policy of Discrimination and Harassment

In accordance with the BACB Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts, AzABA does not tolerate discrimination or harassment against others. The association expects members to
behave toward others in an equitable and inclusive manner regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression/identity, immigration status, marital/relationship status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or any other basis proscribed by law (Ethics Code 1.08). In addition, the association expects all members to refrain from harassing or hostile behavior towards others (Ethics Code 1.09). The AzABA Board of Directors will investigate reports of leadership misconduct while engaged in AzABA affiliated activities and reserves the right to revoke membership privileges to any member engaged in behavior not consistent with the values and policies of the association.

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