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Welcoming Dialogue on Age Bias


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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.


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

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.

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.