Why Participate

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Through UMAC, fellows tap into a vibrant university community with opportunities to attend seminars, learn about cutting edge research, hear from experts, and participate in intergenerational learning. UMAC blends coming back to campus with applied learning in a nonprofit, putting your talents to use for the greater good while providing practical experience in the social sector.
UMAC offers the framework, community, and support as experienced professionals transition from career jobs into what is next. With a two-semester approach, UMAC offers opportunities to learn across the generations while charting a course for the future.


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Who is UMAC For?

UMAC provides opportunities for experienced adults to:

  1. Rethink their identities and purpose for this new “encore” life stage
  2. Try out short-term deployment of their skills, time, and expertise  for the greater good in a community non-profit 
  3. Intersect with conventional undergraduates in and out of the classroom

UMAC is a time out of sorts, a gap year where UMAC fellows can think about, share, and “try on” different possibilities for meaningful next chapters, inventing their own encores.