Ithaca College students are always looking for ways to apply what the learn in the classroom to the world at large. And few places at IC provide those kinds of opportunities than the Department of Gerontology, where the curriculum emphasizes service-learning and prioritizes giving students practical experiences that enable them to back to their communities.
And the students in Jessica Valdez Taves’s classes — who later became known as the IC Gerontology Warriors — are a shining example.
During the Spring 2021 semester, amidst the coronavirus pandemic and a hybrid learning model, students in Taves’s Memory and the Aging Brain course wanted to find a way to continue the department’s annual participation in the nationwide Walk to End Alzheimer’s in a safe, socially-distanced manner. But they also strove to take the experience a step further.