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School of Aging Studies continues its distinguished lecture series

Riaan van Zyl, Sara Hackett, Ernest Gonzales

Riaan van Zyl, PhD and Sara Hackett, PhD present Ernest Gonzales, PhD, MSSW with an award of appreciation.

Ernest Gonzales, PhD, MSSW, from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, presented “Infusing Anti-Racist and Anti-Ageist Principles into Productive Aging Scholarship: Confronting ‘No Data…No Problem’” as part of the School of Aging Studies and Florida Policy and Exchange Center on Aging Distinguished Lecture Series.

Gonzales was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his outstanding leadership and scholarship benefiting older adults from the School of Aging Studies. Interim Director Riaan van Zyl, PhD and Assistant Professor of Instruction Sara Hackett, PhD presented him with the award. 

Gonzales is a first-generation Latinx gerontologist who is a scholar in the areas of productive aging, health equity, discrimination and social policy. His research advances our understanding of the relationships between healthy aging, social determinants of health, productive activities, and intergenerational contexts.

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