Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

ABC's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is an active one. Its members are dedicated to recognizing the broad spectrum of DEI teaching and practice that ABC and its members are doing. They are also passionate about encouraging and inspiring ABC and its members to do even more - to integrate DEI into all that they do. 

To this end, the DEI Committee has implemented a number of initiatives. Two of the more notable are the "How Do You Teach Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?" lightning roundtables that take place at our annual international conference and the "Distinction in the Practice of Diversity and Inclusion" award. 

The DEI lightning roundtables kicked off in 2015 and have grown steadily ever since. Participants have three minutes each to share a D&E best practice or favorite assignment. The sessions are fast-paced, inspiring and amazing. People leave filled with ideas and energy.

The Distinction in the Practice of Diversity and Inclusion Award was launched in 2016. It honors work outside the classroom, engaging a community that would be deemed non-dominant. This is work that creates partnerships to effect positive social change, whether the change is on an individualized level or on a broader, system-wide, policy level - or a synergistic blend. 

Accessibility Checklist


  1. Continue the panel discussion/teaching roundtable on diversity and inclusion issues for the annual conference.
  2. Work to help ABC leaders and members understand, expand, articulate, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate our ideas and efforts -- individually, as teachers and practitioners, and as an organization -- related to diversity and inclusion.
  3. Solicit nominations, review applications and choose a winner for the Distinction in the Practice of Diversity and Inclusion Award.
  4. Create a student “Diversity and Inclusion Student Contest” proposal for Board approval.
  5. Craft a detailed proposal with thoughtful language in which we honor and acknowledge the current inhabitants and ancestors of the local populations of the host communities in which we have our conferences.
  6. Recommend new charges for the following year.
  7. Revisit the description, criteria, promoting, and intended impact of the Distinction in the Practice of Diversity and Inclusion Award.
  8. Request committee members additions/drops by first logging into ABC and then completing the quick Committee Update Request form at: http://tinyurl.com/CommitteeUpdateRequest.
  9. Post September 1 annual report on your community shared files site and also post to Committee Chair shared files for Vice President.  Post interim report (near March or other to-be-determined date) as directed.

We have lots more ideas that we plan to implement. But we are always looking for more thoughts and suggestions for how we can better serve ABC and its members while helping them be their best. We are also always looking for more members to join us. 

If you have questions, ideas, suggestions, or would like to learn more about us and our work, please contact our committee chair.

Community Page

The Community Page for this committee is for members and links to the committee's forums and file library.

Committee Members 2022

Name End of 3-Year Term (Renewable)
Suzan Aiken 12/31/2023
Aida Andino-Pratts 12/31/2022
Clark Barwick, Chair 12/31/2022
Kristin Bennett 12/31/2023
W. Christopher Brown 12/31/2025
Kathryn Canas 12/31/2023
Barbara Davis 12/31/2023
Kristen Getchell 12/31/2023
Matari Gunter 12/31/2023
Laura Lambdin 12/31/2023
Xiaoli Li 12/31/2024
Joelle Loew 12/31/2023
Victoria McCrady 12/31/2022
Sarah Moore 12/31/2024
Evelyn Plummer 12/31/2024
Peggy Odom-Reed 12/31/2023
Sandra Sepúlveda 12/31/2023
Junhua Wang 12/31/2024