Core Elements of UMAC

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Focus on Transformation

You will regularly come together with other fellows for facilitated discussions on themes relevant to this life stage: transitions, meaning, purpose, identity, aging, and wellness to name a few. Fellows discuss readings and share their life stories, reviewing lessons learned and identifying priorities for the future in a context of renewal and engagement.

For 2019-20, Focus on Transformation is scheduled for Tuesdays from 3:30 - 6:00pm.

Academic Classes

You have the option of participating in an academic course, serving as a volunteer and mentor in the classroom. Previous fellows volunteered in Grand Challenge courses: applied, interdisciplinary courses that explore societal challenges with a focus on practical solutions.  

Fall semester is Sept. 3 - Dec. 19, 2019

Spring semester is Jan. 21 - May 13, 2020

Faculty-Fellow Dialogues (weekly, fall and spring semesters)

You will join dialogues with internationally renowned speakers (including University faculty). You will be invited to attend a variety of other seminars, discussions, and talks taking place on campus.  

For 2019-20, Faculty-Fellow Dialogues are Wednesdays from 12:15 - 1:15 pm.

Coaching Circles

During the fall semester, you will gather periodically with a small group of fellows to explore your interests and generate ideas for the spring applied project experience. These coaching circles offer fellows an opportunity to take what they are learning and translate that into an action plan.

Applied Project

During the spring semester, you gain practical experience by working on a project in a nonprofit organization, public service or other social impact venture, volunteering your time and applying your talents in new ways while expanding your understanding of the social sector.  

Your time commitment will depend on your preferences and what you want to get out of the experience. Fellows generally spend 10-20 hours a week, but there is flexibility. This hands-on involvement allows you to leverage your skills to make a difference even as you gain valuable experience in social impact work.


As a fellow, you will connect with others on and off campus. Through informational interviews and opportunities to make informal connections, you will expand your professional and personal networks.


The cost for the 2020-21 academic year (both fall and spring semesters) is $16,000.