Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The mission of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is to promote healthy aging for diverse individuals, communities, and societies through leadership and innovation in research, education, and practice.
This mission is carried out by a faculty that is highly interdisciplinary, approaching aging from diverse areas such as neurobiology, molecular biology, biodemography, cognitive psychology, sociology, urban planning, and health services research. This expertise has earned the USC Leonard Davis School an international reputation for its strengths in basic biological, social-behavioral, and policy science. It also has a long history of applied research designed to systematically test program effectiveness. Cross-disciplinary applied and translational research is conducted in a number of areas related to aging, including family studies, housing, long-term services and supports, fall prevention, elder abuse prevention, caregiving, and technology and aging.
In addition, the school serves as a focal point for faculty and students from throughout the university to collaborate on basic and applied research in aging fostering partnerships through collaborative centers and institutes, joint appointments, and dual degrees. With the USC Leonard Davis School as the hub of aging research, and with additional strong programs throughout the university, USC is leading the way in defining the field of gerontology. Transdisciplinary relationships within the school and with colleagues throughout the University will take USC Leonard Davis research to the next level and more firmly establish USC as the world leader.
How Diversity Fits within our Mission
Diversity is an integral component across research, practice, and education within the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Our faculty conduct innovative research aimed at understanding and bridging ethnic disparities among older adults in health and wellness, quality of life, longevity, and other factors related to quality of life. Our Family Caregiver Support Center serves the neighboring ethnically diverse community of USC. Our courses integrate issues of diversity where possible. Through this plan, we aim to further weave diversity throughout all aspects of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.
Strategic Plan and Progress on Diversity Goals
Courses on Agism taught at the USC Leonard Davis School
- GERO 330: Society and Adult Development
How social relationships affect adults of different ages; the changing contract across generations; interaction of culture, race, family and social values with adult development.
- GERO 380m: Diversity in Aging
Exploring diversity in the older population and variability in the human aging process.
- GERO 435m: Women and Aging: Psychological, Social, and Political Implications
Problems and resources of the middle-aged and older woman in a changing society; including discrimination, stereotypes, employment, social interaction, etc.
Aging is one of the few truly universal human constants, but this inevitable process isn’t the same for everyone.
Inequalities in lifespan, disease rates, health care access, and more still persist between people of different races, genders, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status, according to several USC experts who spoke during the 2018 What’s Hot in Aging Research event at the USC Leonard Davis School on April 16.