JDEI: Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world. As of 2018, nearly 60% of New Yorkers 65 and older identified as either Black, Hispanic, or Asian/Pacific Islander.

Agency’s Equity Statement

The Department for the Aging serves one of the most diverse cities in the world. As such, we have always been committed to building a community of inclusion and equity.

NYC Aging stands aligned with Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (JDEI) for all.

As part of our standard practice, we reflect and work diligently to support the unique differences of our city, stakeholders, leadership, and employees; additionally, the programmatic services and fiscal allocations are part of this goal.

We embrace and encourage differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family, marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics such as personality and personal interests to help our employees thrive in a culturally diverse workplace environment resulting in positive social impact for the clients we serve.

We strive to create an environment where differences and communication are valued and recognize that multiple perspectives and voices fulfill and strengthen our work.

We commit to addressing and removing barriers to full inclusion and equity, particularly with underrepresented groups who have not reached their full potential because of ingrained, structural inequality.

Agency Strategies

  1. Building Community Care for an Age-Inclusive City

    Approach: The Building Community Care for an Age-Inclusive New York City Plan addresses the importance of creating a network of services that supports the independence, self-reliance, and wellbeing older New Yorkers need to age in their homes.

  2. Raising awareness across the city on aging as an opportunity

    Approach: Launched a subway and print media campaign titled Ageless New York, which features older New Yorkers who defy ageist stereotypes and challenge City residents to rethink their views on aging.

    Approach: Quarterly Forums to include featured experts who share insights and best practices on the topic of Ageism.

    On November 15th, NYC Aging launched the first in this series of forum. Attended by over 300 people, click here to view the key insights that were discussed at the forum.


    Portrait of Sandra Bookman
    Sandra Bookman
    Reporter and Weekend Anchor
    WABC - TV
    Portrait of Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez
    Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
    NYC Department for the Aging
    Portrait of Edna Kane-Williams
    Edna Kane-Williams
    EVP & Chief Diversity Officer

    The Panel

    Portrait of Daisy Auger-Dominquez
    Daisy Auger-Dominquez
    Chief People Officer
    VICE Media Group
    Portrait of Jason Rosario
    Jason Rosario
    Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer
    BBDO Worldwide
    Portrait of Yrthya Dinzey-Flores
    Yrthya Dinzey-Flores
    VP, DEI, Social Impact & Sustainability

    Click below to view the Ageism-DEIB Forum recording
    Ageism: A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

  1. Expanding NYC Aging's network of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)

    Approach: Continue to build on NYC Aging’s success of contracting with Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE).

    Agency Grade

Citywide Equity Efforts

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