The Catholic University of America

Third Biennial Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture

Aging in a Majority-Minority Nation:  Intergenerational Tensions and Opportunities

Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States. By 2020, the 65 year and older population will double from present levels. By 2030, the U.S. will be a majority-minority nation. How will these social, economic, racial, and cultural transformations change the civic fabric? Southern California’s diversity serves as an epicenter for investigating U.S. demographic trends and identifying solutions, answers, and recommendations for minimizing tensions and maximizing opportunities as our population ages and diversifies.

Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD
October 24, 2013, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A

Cost:  Free

CEU's:  1

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Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD, is Professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy and Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging. As the Clinton Administration’s chief advocate on aging, Torres-Gil played a key role in promoting the importance of the issues of aging, long-term care and disability, community services for the elderly, and baby boomer preparation for retirement. He served under HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, managing the Administration on Aging and organizing the 1995 White House Conference on Aging, in addition to serving as a member of the President’s Welfare Reform Working Group. In 2010 he received his third presidential appointment (with Senate Confirmation) when President Barack Obama appointed him as Vice Chair of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that reports to the Congress and White House on federal matters related to disability policy. During his public service in Washington, D.C., he also served as Staff Director of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging under his mentor, Congressman Edward R. Roybal. R. Torres-Gil earned his A.A. in Political Science at Hartnell Community College (1968), a B.A. with honors in Political Science from San Jose State University (1970), and an M.S.W. (1972) and Ph.D. (1976) in Social Policy, Planning and Research from the Heller Graduate School in Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.