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Study: Age As Aspect of Identity Not Prioritized by University DEI Offices

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Washington University study reveals age often overlooked in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in higher education. Despite increasing life expectancy and age-diverse student bodies, age is rarely prioritized in DEI efforts. Ageism is common but not seen as significant, with race and other identities often prioritized. Age issues are usually addressed in legal contexts, not DEI efforts. Age inclusivity varies across departments and older faculty and staff can face exclusion. Some institutions offer age-related programs and workshops to foster intergenerational relationships.

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