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Difference for UMAC Participants

UMAC fellows spend the first semester expanding their understanding of themselves and the ways that they can contribute their talents to the social good. Fellows immerse themselves in an intergenerational learning exploration with some of the best and brightest thinkers in the country.

For the second semester, fellows spend 10-20 hours a week in a nonprofit, applying their highly valued workplace skills and expertise to tackle needs of a host organization, returning regularly to the University to share and reflect on their experiences.  Fellows help host organizations build capacity, operate more efficiently, and, ultimately, have a broader community impact.

Throughout the academic year, fellows form a learning cohort, participating in discussions and exploring topics of interest. Fellows participate in a coaching circle to explore with each other what they want from this new life stage, emerging “encore” to adulthood beyond the career- and family-building years. Fellows develop a network of new contacts and resources while being part of a learning community throughout the UMAC  year.