Tanya Burgess is the Intergenerational Program, Policy & Advocacy Fellow with Generations United. She is a licensed social worker and third-year Ph.D. student at Arizona State University, studying under-representation in social work and racial/age disparities in policy and research. Tanya’s life-long goals focus on bringing awareness and beginning discussions on issues of under-represented, vulnerable, and marginalized communities, her hope is that there is an increase in initiatives that strive to increase representation in the social sciences necessary to retain BIPOC professionals. Tanya believes that community-based intergenerational programming builds community and sustains trusting relationships between institutions that service adults and advocate collaboratively. Her research strives to harness the economic, cultural, and mental health success of BIPOC adults throughout their life course. Tanya runs a podcast called The Aging Journey Podcast in her spare time.