- Explore how intersectionality impacts identity
- Create your own identity landscape
- Unpack the effects of unconscious bias
- Learn to identify micro-aggressions
- Distinguish diversity from inclusion
- Address inequity in aging services
- Learn how to create a more inclusive workforce
Care about the world and the people in it
Want to respect and advocate for yourself
Wish to advocate for a colleague, friend, or family member
Work in aging services
Seek to know the people you support better
Kyrié Carpenter (she/her) is a coach, an age activist, and a co-founder of oldschool.info. While working as a therapist in long-term care, she had a several clients with a dementia diagnosis. She was shocked that the people she was spending time with did not match up to the ideas she had about older people, especially those living with dementia. Contrary to what she thought was possible, Kyrié was forming meaningful and transformative relationships with people many of whom would never remember her name. She realized there were a lot of misconceptions about aging and dementia and that they were stopping us from having relationships with each other. Ever since, she has been doing what she can to share the other story about aging and dementia.
Ryan Backer (they/them) is an age activist and a co-founder of oldschool.info. When they were in their early 20’s, they were uncomfortable with how their entire friend group was all people their age, and they decided to do something about it. They started volunteering as a helping hand at the home of a woman in her 80s. The tasks were simple, but the conversations were rich. Soon after, Ryan decided to finish their undergraduate degree in gerontology. It was then that they learned more about society’s segregation of elders and the horrors of elder abuse. Yet again, they decided to do something about it and have been working as an advocate and activist ever since.
Ayana King is CEO and Founder at Maximum Communications, a boutique consulting agency specializing in Content Strategy, Social Media, Reputation Management, and PR/Media Outreach. A captivating keynote and strong advocate for diversity equity and inclusion, Ayana also hosts national diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)workshops and consults with corporate executives eager to grow healthy, diverse and inclusive workplaces.
Brian Van Buren was diagnosed in 2015 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 64. Seeing a need to put a new face on Alzheimer’s, Brian became an advocate as an Afro-American living with the condition. Brian has been a featured speaker on numerous radio shows and conferences. In 2017, he served as a member of the National Alzheimer’s Association early onset advisory group. Brian is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Dementia Action Alliance and is committed to building awareness for people of color and the LGBT community.
Jill Vitale-Aussem has over 20 years of experience in aging services leadership. She has pushed back against the status quo of aging services and driven deep cultural transformation in for-profit and non-profit organizations, including nursing homes, assisted living and life plan communities. Jill is currently the CEO of Christian Living Communities and is the former President & CEO of The Eden Alternative. She speaks internationally on topics of ageism, leadership and cultural transformation and is the author of the award-winning book, Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living: a Mindshift.
What is the self-study course experience like?
You can watch video lessons through your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Since the course content builds on itself, it will make the course feel more cohesive and impactful, if you don't wait too long between completing course lessons.
Will I be able to pause the video in the middle of a lesson?
Absolutely. This makes it possible for you to make notes, as you wish, and absorb the concepts shared at your own pace.
Who do I contact, if I have questions along the way?
Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.