Student Spotlight January 2020
Ashanti Peppers attended the University of Louisville to pursue an Undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Fall 2013- Spring 2017. Throughout this time Ashanti served as an undergraduate research assistant in both the psychology and chemistry department. In 2018 Ashanti was accepted to the University of Louisville's Master of Special Education program with a concentration in autism and applied behavior analysis. Ashanti is in her final semester of her Master’s Program and has an anticipated graduation date of May 2020.
What originally brought me to the University of Louisville to pursue my undergraduate degree was the research component of the University and of course location. What kept me at the University of Louisville was the sense of family and meaningful relationships I created as an undergraduate student that has continued on as a graduate student.
Applied Behavior Analysis is the scientific approach to behavior in which we give individuals the tools they need to improve and teach new behaviors that are socially significant in order to promote independence and overall quality of life for the individual.
I chose to go into this field of study after working with this particular population of individuals diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. I saw the necessity and effectiveness of the applied work of other behavior analysts and knew this was what I was meant to do.
I believe this advanced degree will change my role in society due to my being well equipped as a practitioner in the field of ABA. Thanks to Dr. Dubuque and my supervisors throughout my time in the program not only am I better able to advocate for the individuals I currently serve and will serve in my future. I also am able to effectively implement behavior change and teach skills that will benefit their overall quality of life.
I am most proud of the work I do with the individuals I work with on a daily basis. Serving this population of individuals is what makes it all worth it.
My favorite part of my graduate experience with UofL would be the support of my cohort and other practitioners in the community. The relationships that I have been able to foster throughout my time in this program has been phenomenal and I am truly thankful for that.
The greatest challenge I would say would be the work, school, and personal life balance. What has worked best for me is putting everything in my planner and being more deliberate in how I allocate my time.
"Ashanti embodies the exact type of graduate student we want to see at the university. She is talented, compassionate, and committed to bettering the lives of everyone around her. It has been a pleasure personally and professionally to watch her become a strong behavior analytic scientist practitioner."
A talent you have always wanted: Painting
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world. –Harriet Tubman
If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? Napping or training for a marathon