2021 Virtual
Intergenerational Conference

June 15-17, 2021

RECORDING | WS-B-3 - Learning Across the Generations: A New Model for Higher Education

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RECORDING | WS-B-3 - Learning Across the Generations: A New Model for Higher Education
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Universities are among the most age-segregated of institutions, catering to young adults while undeserving a growing demographic of learners: “encore” adults. Yet the generations have more in common than not, especially when it comes to a desire to make our world a better place. Universities are ideally positioned to bring together younger and older generations to tackle grand challenges we face as a society. At the University of Minnesota, we are breaking down age barriers and connecting the generations for classroom learning, mentoring, and serving communities. This session will highlight the University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) Initiative, a gap year for encore adults as they explore next chapters in their lives. UMAC fellows join traditional-age students in the classroom to learn and explore solutions to societal issues. Fellows and younger students mentor each other, working collaboratively to explore ways to strengthen our communities.

Kate Schaefers

University of Minnesota

Kate Schaefers, Ph.D. is Executive Director, University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) Initiative, a gap year for experienced professionals as they transition from career jobs into meaningful post-career lives. She is an educator, licensed psychologist and leadership coach, with a specialty in leadership transitions and encore careers. Kate serves as Volunteer State President of AARP-MN, contributing to local and regional strategies around the aging workforce, intergenerational teams, livable communities, and caregiving. She also serves as part of the Encore Network leadership team, was a founding board member of SHIFT, and a contributor to Encore.org, authoring the Encore Talent Works toolkit.

George Brewster

University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Institute

George Brewster (UMAC Fellow, '20) left a fulfilling career in senior management in the financial services industry to launch a new chapter. He has spent the last year learning more about the intersections of education equity, workforce planning & youth development, laying stepping stones to use his skills in new ways: mentoring, and promoting career readiness and job opportunities for young people.

Sheila Peyraud

University of Minnesota Advanced Careers Institute

Sheila Peyraud (UMAC Fellow, '19) was looking for direction after retiring from a rewarding career as CTO of a large manufacturing company. Three things she missed the most from her career were mentoring, interpersonal relationships, and learning. Sheila found ways to channel her skills and passions in new ways, building a portfolio life that includes board service, mentoring, tutoring, and intergenerational classes.