Age-Friendly University

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

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Age-friendly initiatives

Fill out this brief survey to let us know what your WSU unit is currently doing to promote age inclusivity.

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Adult Learners

WSU offers an Adult Learner success team to guide older adults through special programs and campus resources that assist new and returning learners.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.