UW Retirement Association

UW Encore Initiative

UW Encore Fellow Bob Roseth

UW Encore Fellow Bob Roseth

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UW Encore opportunities workshop, April, 2014. More photos…Mary Levin

What’s your Encore? The UWRA is a pioneer within higher education on behalf of Encore, a movement to help redefine what midlife and later life may mean for many people in the 21st century.

UW President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce have issued a letter to campus announcing the launch of the UW Encore Initiative. You can read it here.

In 1997, in response to growing interest among post-midlife adults in moving from first careers to paid or volunteer occupations centered on passion and purpose, social entrepreneur Marc Freedman began working to find ways for older Americans to engage in service for the greater good. After developing the mentoring program that became AARP Experience Corps, Freedman founded the 501c(3) organization Civic Ventures, which in 2012 became known as Encore.org.

UW Encore events and information

Laura Saunders

UW Encore Fellow Laura Saunders

UWRA is hosting two UW Encore Innovation Fellows in 2014. Laura Saunders and Bob Roseth, retirees and UWRA members, will promote Encore as a life stage that gives older adults the chance to make meaningful contributions for the greater good. As Fellows, Laura and Bob will develop Encore opportunities and networks on-and off- campus. Their first focus will be on UW employees and UW alumni who are approaching the stage of midlife when they shift gears and revisit life values and goals.