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Department of Gerontology Chair offering “What is Ageism?” seminar for IExcel Education on Sept. 7th

Tracey Gendron, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Gerontology in the College of Health Professions, was presented with the Distinguished Service award at the 40th Faculty Convocation, held on August 30th. The award recognizes her substantial and ongoing contributions to VCU and the surrounding community as she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about aging and to end ageism through education.

“It’s incredible to be recognized for doing what I love by a University I love,” said Gendron on social media. “Disrupting ageism through teaching, research and service is my passion and personal mission. The movement is growing step by step!” (See Gendron’s acceptance video on YouTube and read more about her work in this recent VCU News article.)

Gendron is one of the founders of the iCubed transdisciplinary program, administered by the Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success, and currently serves as a member of the Health and Wellness in Aging Across the Lifespan Core. She was presented the award by Susan Parish, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Professions. “Dr. Gendron manifests her values and beliefs through action and contribution, said Parish. “She reflects the values of our institution to create and deliver an exceptional experience for students, staff, faculty and community members.”

Dr. Gendron was one of seven VCU faculty members honored at the convocation ceremony. Other honorees included:

  • M. Imad Damaj, Ph.D.; University Award of Excellence
  • Benjamin Van Tassell, Pharm.D.; Distinguished Scholarship Award
  • Dewey Taylor, Ph.D.; Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Caitlin E. Martin, MD, MPH; Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award
  • Robbie Kinter; Outstanding Term Faculty Award
  • Ewell Digani Mthethwa; Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

Gendron published a successful mass market book earlier this year entitled, “Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias and How to End It.” She will be presenting a seminar called “What is Ageism?” as part of the IExcel Education seminar series on Wednesday, September 7th at noon. Registration is available through this link.

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