Wayne State University has been designated as an Age-Friendly University (AFU), yet another important step toward ensuring that opportunity remains equitable campus-wide. The Age-Friendly University Global network is an innovative consortium dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within higher education and confirms that combating ageism is an important dimension of that strategy.
Questions regarding the Age-Friendly University initiative? Contact WSU Age-Friendly University committee co-chairs:
Thomas B. Jankowski, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Research
Institute of Gerontology & Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
Carrie Leach, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research)
Institute of Gerontology
WSU age-friendly programming and resources
Fill out this brief survey to let us know what your WSU unit is currently doing to promote age inclusivity.
WSU offers an Adult Learner success team to guide older adults through special programs and campus resources that assist new and returning learners.
Institute of Gerontology
The Institute of Gerontology (IOG) has established itself as a leader in gerontology focused on research, advanced pre- and post-doctoral student training, community outreach, and continuing education.
School of Social Work Gerontology Certificate
The Gerontology Certificate is 12 credit multi-disciplinary program designed to prepare graduate students, individual practitioners, and professionals to work in the field of aging in a variety of settings.
Gaining Momentum toolkit
Language around age matters. Developed by the FrameWorks Institute this resource offers materials to build framing concepts and skills to advance aging and combat ageism.
Tools to advance age inclusivity in higher education
A guide to help cultivate thriving age-inclusive environments. Created by the Gerontological Society of America, Academy for Gerontology with support from AARP.
WSU Age-friendly University Steering Committee
Boris Baltes, PhD
Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Associate Vice President of Academic Personnel
Scott Bowen, PhD
Chair, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Deborah Charbonneau, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences
Mary K. Clark, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Retired
Mariane Fahlman, PhD
Professor, Kinesiology Health and Sports Studies
Loraleigh Keashly, PhD
Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Affairs, College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Thomas B. Jankowski, PhD, Co-chair
Associate Director for Research, Institute of Gerontology & Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
Carrie Leach, PhD, Co-chair
Assistant Professor (Research), Institute of Gerontology
Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD
Director, Institute of Gerontology & Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
Charles Manke, PhD
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Engineering
Arthur F. Marotti, PhD
Director, Emeritus Academy
Cynthera McNeill, DNP
Director, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program
Karen Mourtzikos, MD
Associate Vice President of Wayne State University Health Affairs, School of Medicine
Academic Advisor, Warrior Way Back Program and Adult Learner Success Team
Director of HR Operations, HR Client Services
Academic Services Officer, Irvin D. Reid Honors College
Stella Resko, PhD
Associate Professor, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and the School of Social Work
Thomas Walker, PhD
Associate Dean, School of Information Sciences
Clinical Programs Manager, Dean's Office, Law School
Project Manager, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice
Margaret Winters, PhD
Vice Chair of the Board of SOAR (Society of Active Retirees)