Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Diversity and Justice Working Group

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Diversity and Justice Working Group

GSA has created a Diversity and Justice Working Group whose purpose is to make tangible and actionable recommendations to GSA’s Board of Directors for short-term outcomes to increase diversity and inclusion among the membership of GSA.

As established by former GSA Board Chair President Kathryn Hyer, MPP, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, in 2020, this ad hoc committee will review existing and suggest new internal policies and practices that should be implemented to both improve the organization’s ability to meet the needs of its members and to bolster the contributions the society can make for addressing the needs of older adults.

Additionally, longer-term strategic suggestions for how to increase the external societal impact will be welcomed as products from the working group.

GSA has a tradition of supporting an inclusive environment in aging research, education, and practice. Since 1987, the organization has been guided by a Minority Issues in Gerontology Advisory Panel, which seeks to increase the quantity and quality of research related to minority aging issues and to attract minority members in Society activities and governance.

Current Activities

GSA is in the process of implementing ongoing short- and long-term recommendations from the Diversity and Justice Working Group.

To diversify GSA leadership and governing bodies, we are securing a DEI consultant, requiring diversity statements from leadership position candidates, and building accountability into section chair reporting.

To broaden representation in the membership, we are requiring race, ethnicity, and gender fields as part of the membership process, enhancing our outreach efforts to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and elevating the Minority Issues in Gerontology Advisory Panel’s James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award.

To foster opportunities for conversations on race and gender dynamics in academic, practice, and community spaces, we are expanding our education programming through ESPO webinars on social justice and a new Annual Scientific Meeting session topic on social and health equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To increase the representation of racial/ethnic minority scholars in our industry-leading journals, we are increasing the diversity of topics of our manuscripts and scholarship, and developing opportunities for special issues and guest editors from marginalized groups.

Diversity and Justice Working Group Roster

  • Roland Thorpe, PhD, FGSA, Johns Hopkins University (Chair)
  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan, PhD, North Carolina A&T State University
  • James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH, ScD (Hon), The Gerontological Society of America
  • Kalisha Bonds, BSN, MSN, PhD, Emory University
  • Kristen Cloyes, MSN, PhD, RN, University of Utah
  • Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH, Alzhiemer’s Association
  • Yuri Jang, PhD, FGSA, University of Southern California
  • Emerald Jenkins, MSN, Johns Hopkins University
  • Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, FGSA, Wayne State University
  • Charles Mouton, MD, FGSA, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Ronica Rooks, PhD, FGSA, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Tetyana Shippee, PhD, FGSA, University of Minnesota
  • Elizabeth Vasquez, DrPH, University at Albany
  • Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, FGSA, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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