OAGE Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The OAGE Association believes the strength of our work happens because we honor the diverse thinking and lived experiences of our members and those they serve. The association advocates for equity in service delivery and in all policies that impact the aging population. We are committed to and value inclusive language, action, and representation. We recognize that having a voice is not just having a seat at the table but rather having an opportunity to be heard.
A letter from our President addressing recent social injustices
The Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion (creed), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, national or ethnic origin (ancestry), marital status, or disability in any activity or program operated or sponsored by OAGE.
OAGE has established the following procedure to provide monitoring of its policy against discrimination.
OAGE will make public its discrimination policy statement. OAGE will investigate complaints and will refer those complaints to the appropriate State of Ohio department.
- Any person who believes he or she has been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice, by OAGE, under federal or state civil rights law may file a complaint with any member of the OAGE Executive Committee.
- Any such complaint must be filed with OAGE in writing within 180 days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence.
- OAGE shall provide appropriate assistance to a Complainant, including those persons with disabilities, or who are limited in their ability to communicate in English, upon request.
- The Executive Committee or designee members of the board investigates complaints received no more than 180 days after the alleged incident is reported.
- The Complainant will receive an acknowledgement letter informing him/her whether the complaint will be investigated by OAGE.
- The investigation will make every effort to address all complaints in an expeditious and thorough manner and will typically complete an investigation within 90 days. If more information is needed to resolve the case, OAGE may contact the Complainant.
- After an investigation is complete, OAGE will issue a letter to the Complainant summarizing the results of the investigation, including the findings and any corrective action to be taken.