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Your Commitment

The UMAC experience lasts 2 semesters. In the fall, you engage part time on campus as a learner, attending discussions and lectures and participating in a learning community. In the spring, you volunteer part time in a nonprofit, utilizing your talents and skills in a new way. With a university backdrop, UMAC offers a rich context to help you explore interests and expand your thinking. 

Can my spouse/partner join UMAC?

We recognize that, for fellows in committed relationships, UMAC offers a unique opportunity to learn together as a couple. Contact Kate Schaefers by email to explore the possibility of a reduced rate for your spouse or partner.

Fall Commitment 

During fall semester, which runs from September 4 – December 20, 2018, you will be part-time on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. You will form a learning community, participating in seminars, discussions, and classes as well as informal conversations with speakers and other fellows. You will learn about pressing issues of our state and world, and explore ways that you can contribute to the greater good in your encore adulthood. 

In the fall, all fellows participate in a weekly Focus on Transfomation meeting, followed by an informal wine and cheese gathering, on Tuesdays, 3:30 - 6:00pm. Fellows also attend Faculty-Fellow Dialogues on Wednesdays over the lunch hour and have the option of sitting in on a class, such as The Future of Work and Life in the 21st Century, one of the University of Minnesota Grand Challenges courses. Fellows participate in periodic coaching circles.

Outside of these scheduled engagements, the fellowship experience is customized to reflect your interests and level of commitment that you choose.

Spring Commitment 

During spring semester, which runs from January 22 – May 15, 2019, you will participate in a "midternship," in a nonprofit organization. Midternships are volunteer arrangements where you use your skills to work on a project or volunteer your time to fulfill a need of a nonprofit. There is flexibility in how midternships are structured. Additionally, accommodations can be made during spring semester for those who spend winters in another location. We anticipate that fellows will spend about 10 - 20 hours a week, returning to campus (either in person or virtually) to reflect on the experience and attend Focus on Transfomation meetings.

Time Commitment

There is some flexibility in the time commitment that UMAC requires. The core commitment ranges from 10-20 hours a week, clustered in the late afternoon and early evening. Some fellows have maintained jobs while participating, adjusting their work schedules to be on campus as needed. Others with greater flexibility have chosen to dial up their participation to take advantage of the many additional events happening on campus.