OLLI at the University of Minnesota regularly partners with other University programs, associations, and institutes, as well as community nonprofit organizations and businesses.
University of Minnesota Partners
As part of the University of Minnesota (UMN), OLLI benefits from and contributes to the vitality and resources of the University community, working cooperatively with numerous partners for the betterment of all.
In 2020, the University became the first institution of higher education in Minnesota to enroll in the Global Network of Age-Friendly Universities. As a member of the Age-Friendly UMN Council, OLLI works with other UMN Twin Cities programs and affiliated organizations to support the integration of older adults into University life. The Council also ensures students are prepared to fully meet the changing needs of our older adult communities. The initiative is facilitated through the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation.
A program of the University’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office, Culture Corps encourages international students to become active in the University community. An annual ISSS scholarship allows OLLI to host several graduate students as course leaders each year. The program helps to fulfill mutual visions of an inclusive and engaged international learning community. Learn more about the special relationship between OLLI and Culture Corps.
University of Minnesota Alumni Association
Ski-U-Mah! As proud partners of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA), OLLI members receive a special rate ($50) on a two-year membership, which comes with benefits on campus and beyond.
UMAA members who are joining OLLI for the first time receive a $20 discount on membership. This discount is not valid for membership renewals and may not be combined with another discount.
University of Minnesota Retirees Association
An independent organization first incorporated by the State of Minnesota in 1978, the University of Minnesota Retirees Association (UMRA) supports the interests of UMN retirees by providing opportunities to learn, serve, and connect. The organization also works to benefit its members, the University, and the larger community through social, travel, volunteer, and support activities. Membership is open to all UMN retirees and their spouses/partners.
UMRA members who are joining OLLI for the first time receive a $20 discount on membership. The discount is not valid for membership renewals and may not be combined with another discount.
University Retirees Volunteer Center
An affiliate of UMRA, the University Retirees Volunteer Center (URVC) provides a wealth of opportunities for individuals to use their knowledge, skills, and interests in service to the University and Twin Cities communities. With more than 500 active volunteers logging 7,000 service hours annually, the URVC is a well-known volunteer referral service for University departments and community organizations.
OLLI regularly collaborates with organizations and businesses in the Twin Cities metorpolitan area.
Ramsey County Library
With a suite of courses about the US presidents and perennial series such as Tuesdays with a Scholar and Great Decisions, OLLI and the Ramsey County Library are longtime cosponsors. Some of these offerings receive financial support from the Ramsey County Library Friends. Great Decisions is also offered in partnership with Global Minnesota and the Foreign Policy Association.
OLLI partners with Global Minnesota and the Foreign Policy Association to present Great Decisions, an annual series of presentations about the most critical international issues facing America. Great Decisions is also offered in partnership with the Ramsey County Library with financial support from the Ramsey County Library Friends.
The Pillars of Prospect Park
OLLI is a partner to the Pillars of Prospect Park, an urban senior living community offering residents a unique, University of Minnesota-infused lifestyle. This includes the hosting of OLLI classes, which are held regularly on site. Pillars residents who are joining OLLI for the first time receive a $20 discount on membership. The discount is not valid for membership renewals and may not be combined with another discount.