Ageism is a crucial but less-discussed aspect of (DEI) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and a critical one for the philanthropic sector. Researchshows that even when people exhibit lower levels of sexism and racism, they may be morelikely to demonstrate signs of ageism. In this session presented by SCG and EPIP LA, learn about how pervasive ageism affects people of all ages, and how people in philanthropy can help combat it in their grantmaking processes. Attendees will hear from panelists who can speak to how they work to address ageism in their work, and also how they’ve encountered it as grantseekers in various ways.
Co-Founder, COO, Big & Mini
Aditi Merchant, 21, is the co-founder of Big & Mini, a nonprofit using technology to create mutually beneficial connections between young people and older adults. She has directly overseen the growth of Big & Mini to over 6000 users with a presence in all 50 states and secured coverage in the TODAY Show and New York Times.
Growing up, Aditi had regular conversations with people from all generations through her experiences volunteering at senior living communities and coaching youth on everything from robotics to financial literacy. As a result, she became a strong advocate for the importance of intergenerational connection, something that she manifests through her constant drive to use technology to create positive change at Big & Mini and beyond.
In addition to her role in Big & Mini, Aditi is a senior majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Innovation, Encore.org
Janet Oh is Director of Innovation at Encore.org. Janet has been working in the Bay Area nonprofit sector since her early twenties. She started her career connecting older adults as mentors and tutors to youth as director of Experience Corps Bay Area. It was through this powerful program that she witnessed the magic that happens when generations come together. She also saw an alternate perspective on aging – where experience and wisdom were valued and celebrated. Janet was honored as a 2018 Next Avenue Influencer in Aging for her work launching the Gen2Gen Encore Prize.
Beyond her work with Encore.org, she consults with local foundations bringing resources to empower youth and bridge the opportunity gap for low-income students. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a major in Sociology and a minor in Dance. Janet is also a student and teacher of yoga.