Diverse Intergenerational Programs Initiative

Generations United is committed to elevating quality intergenerational programs that are inclusive and culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse. As our country grapples with race equity, inclusion, and diversity, we know that the intergenerational field plays an important role.

With support from RRF Foundation for Aging, Generations United is working to review and evaluate existing definitions and tools in order to truly reflect, include and celebrate diverse programs, encourage their development, honor their accomplishments, and support and elevate diverse practitioners and leaders in the field.  

We are working to revise and re-evaluate our identification parameters for intergenerational programs using a race equity lens, and then apply these updated parameters to locate and elevate diverse programs and intergenerational practitioners. In addition, we are revising our Program of Distinction designation criteria using a race equity lens.

To support this vital work, we have partnered with the National Center and Caucus on Black Aging, Inc (NCBA) and the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) to learn from their nationwide networks and years of experience.

We have also assembled a stellar Advisory Group of intergenerational practitioners, researchers, and experts from across the country to provide guidance and feedback as we develop tools and resources. Learn more about them below:

Advisory Group

Suzanne Cade

Public Policy Fellow

Leadership for Educational Equity

Alexis Contreras

Research Assistant

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

Carson De Fries


University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

Ernest Gonzalez

Associate Professor

NYU Silver School of Social Work

Manuel Gonzalez

Parks and Recreation Manager

City of El Cajon, California

Renee Griffin

Creative Aging & Partnership Manager

Senior Services, Inc.

Jim Isenberg


Grandpas United

Katherine Kim

Program Director of the Koreatown Storytelling Project

Koreatown Youth and Community Center

Deborah Mathis

Consultant/Communications Strategist

National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA)

Christy Nishita


University of Hawaii at Manoa

Anita Rogers

Senior Fellow

Generations United

Shai Rosenfeld

Coordinator of Youth and Family Services