The curriculum includes training to foster an environment that supports diversity, equity and inclusion of older adults. The EEOC has reported age as the one critical element overlooked by a majority of companies in diversity and inclusion (D&I) programs and efforts. A study found that 64% of firms surveyed in its 2015 Annual Global CEO survey had diversity and inclusion strategies, yet only 8% of those included age. We train our Legacy Builders to be cognizant of age, but not to use age as a means of stereotyping, stigmatizing, or discriminating. We train students to find human commonalities before defaulting to exclusive language and behaviors based on ageism.
As the program is intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and intentional, these practices help reinforce Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives, language, and outcomes.
Dr. Jeremy Holloway provides additional consultations and workshops for colleges in this area.