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Welcoming Dialogue on Age Bias ASU

This To Be Welcoming course focuses on biases related to age in the United States, introducing different terms, concepts, and conditions affecting people at various stages in life.

About This Course

This To Be Welcoming course illuminates how ageism affects our everyday lives and how different biases around age are formed. We begin with key terms like ageism and cohort effect, followed by a video module featuring faculty experts answering commonly asked questions. Next, we provide context by exploring key issues people at various ages in life face in America.. We conclude with points for starting your own discussions on age bias and considering appropriate responses.

Learners who complete this course will earn a digital certificate of completion.


English proficiency

Prior to taking this course, it is highly recommended that you complete TBW100, To Be Welcoming: Foundational Course. The Foundational course will provide you with the context and vocabulary necessary to make the most out of this course.

Meet Your Instructors

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Dr. David Coon
Associate Dean
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Arizona State University

David W. Coon is associate dean of research initiatives, support, and engagement and professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. After receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University, he was the associate director of the Older Adult Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the Stanford University School of Medicine and research scientist at UCSF/Mt. Zion Institute on Aging.

Professor Coon designs and evaluates interventions, such as CarePRO and EPIC, that focus on culturally diverse groups of midlife and older adults facing chronic illnesses (e.g., dementia, cancer, depression) and their family caregivers. Several of these empirically based treatments have been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program, and other entities. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a PLuS Alliance Fellow, he has had his work funded through federal and foundation grants. Professor Coon and his community partners received The Rosalynn Carter Institute’s 2013 National Leadership Award in Caregiving for CarePRO as well as the ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness.

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Reshawna Chapple, Ph.D, M.S.W.
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
University of Central Florida

Dr. Chapple has worked as a social worker in the areas of mental health, crisis intervention, education and disabilities. Her areas of research and teaching include Social justice and human rights, deafness and disability studies and cultural competent social work practice. She received her B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Her dissertation was titled: Being a Deaf Woman in College is Hard. Being Black Just Adds: Understanding the Complexities of Intersectionality.

Video Contributors

Allison Glinka
Research Specialist
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Arizona State University

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Berta Carbajal
Research Specialist
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Arizona State University

Over 35 years as Community Educator / Promotora. Migrant Education Liaison -Murphy School District; Friendly House Inc. - Parent Adovate & Educator; Creator & Educator of first Bilingual Program at Parents Anonymous, Inc.; Creator and Founder of Espiritu del Nino/Spirit of the Child Afterschool Musical / Cultural Arts Programs; Promotora de Salud/Community Health Worker - UofA; ASU Cultural Broker / Research Technician-Momento Crucia; Research Specialist and Promotores HOPE Network Founder and Program Coordinator - ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovations.

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