Conversation with OLLI at UNH

OLLI at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is a member-driven, volunteer based educational program for lifelong learners who are eager to explore ideas and interests in a safe and relaxed environment, with a community of peers. Volunteer curriculum committees develop programs in response to member interests. Courses are non-credit. There are no tests, grades, or college prerequisites. Events, trips, social activities, and volunteer opportunities enhance member benefits.

Their four regions include the Capital Region, Greater Manchester, the Seacoast and Mount Washington Valley. Courses are held in a variety of settings, including in a classroom, exploring in the community where their classes are held at an off-site location, outdoor adventures where we are out – and doing exactly what the title infers – having adventures outdoors, and via Zoom.

OLLI at UNH was established in 2004 and today is one of 125 OLLI programs hosted by colleges and universities nationwide, all of which are partially supported through funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI at UNH is a self-sustaining program that is supported by program fees, in-kind contributions from UNH, endowments from the Bernard Osher Foundation, member donors who believe in the mission of the program and corporate sponsorships. 

Many Granite State Ambassadors are familiar with OLLI as members and volunteers, but for those of you unfamiliar with this organization, we are delighted to have Toniann (DeSousa) Leavitt with us to talk about this wonderful organization. Toniann is program director for OLLI at UNH and is back with us to update us on OLLI’s upcoming term that starts August 20 and other exciting OLLI news!


Interview recorded July 2023

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