"The gerontology Institute exists to increase collaboration among member organizations and individuals who serve the aging, and to provide education to further improve the lives of those served."
The purpose of the Michiana Gerontology Institute of Holy Cross College is to provide intergenerational outreach and education to improve the lives of elderly through service and awareness. Through expansion and growth, the institute will continue to facilitate the involvement, integration and coordination of organizations and individuals to service older adults in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.
The Michiana Gerontology Institute of Holy Cross College is an ongoing endeavor that partners with multiple community agencies which provide geriatric services in the northern Indiana and southern Michigan (Michiana) region. Before the founding of the MGI at HCC, MGI was the Gerontology Consortium of Michiana (GCOM). The GCOM was comprised of numerous gerontology-related member organizations and working professionals that formed an organization to advocate for “individuals who serve older adults through education, intergenerational outreach, and service.” GCOM members and member agencies participated in the organization and evolution of the group on a volunteer basis and have managed to provide important services to Michiana community. GCOM provides working professionals with important networking opportunities from various planned events plus further benefits their involvement by organizing (since 2008) an annual conference in gerontology at Holy Cross College.
Holy Cross College’s initial involvement through our director of community outreach was integral to the evolution of the GCOM. HCC’s commitment to gerontology education was further substantiated by the establishment of a nine three-credit courses in the area of gerontology, from which undergraduate and/or working professionals can earn a gerontology certificate and/or gerontology minor.
The continued growth of the GCOM to over sixty (60) member agencies along with the governing body of the consortium seeking to expand its reach as an organization, called yet for another significant evolution. With future growth in mind GCOM approached Holy Cross College with the proposal to have the GCOM become the MGI of Holy Cross College. Upon establishing the MGI, HCC introduce significant restructuring of the MGI by establishing a thirteen (13) member Board of Advisors along with five additional working committees (Finance, Marketing/Membership, Education, and Conferences) through its current institutional by-laws.