Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
UTEP Institute Offers Lifelong Learning Classes for Adults 50+ Learning doesn’t stop once you graduate, and no one knows that better than the students and instructors involved with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Texas at El Paso. This innovative program offers unique classes and opportunities for learners over 50, helping them to acquire new skills, make new friends and spend their time in a worthwhile way. “Our mission is to mitigate isolation, create social connectivity and promote engagement for a healthier lifestyle,” said Lynn Provenzano, executive director of OLLI. “If you look at our catalog, it’s good stuff. It’s interesting things that you’ve always wanted to learn and that feed your curiosity.” Founded more than 30 years ago as the Center for Lifelong Learning, OLLI extends Professor Emerita Diana Natalicio’s vision of offering adult education courses to the El Paso community. In 2008, UTEP received an endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation officially establishing the center as one of 125 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in the United States and opening the doors to virtual national programs and course offerings for students in the region. Courses offered through OLLI include art, history, languages, yoga and more taught by seasoned professionals. Individuals can take an unlimited number of OLLI courses with a $45 annual membership. Students also have the opportunity to engage in historic walking tours and other group activities that get them outside, moving and exploring.

Causes: Arts and Culture, Health and Mental Well-being, Senior Services

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A testimonial -

“What a wonderful idea for UTEP students to be available and assist those of us, technically challenged, in our quest to understand the ever-changing world of technology.     I had a problem with not receiving my emails on my phone. I went to different stores and they couldn’t solve the problem.  I sat with UTEP student, Kevin Rodriquez, and in no time my phone was up to date and receiving emails. Kevin proved to be very accomplished, engaging, friendly and helpful.     Grateful for the program, hope word gets out and more of us will take advantage.”   Daniel Tirres 

Kevin Helped Me!
OLLI members partner with UTEP students on Intergenerational Projects. It's fun to collaborate and learn.
Finally, I got my questions answered.
At OLLI we collect food to donate to the UTEP Food Pantry.
Our OLLI Fall Catalog is full of options for everyone.
Margie is always ready to help members join, rejoin and to share all about OLLI!
At one of our many El Paso History Tours we offer. They are so popular, there is a waitlist to join each tour!
We do fun activities at OLLI!
Hats off to our current OLLI Advisory Board President.
Friends and sister.
Executive Director, Lynn Provenzano and OLLI Instructor, David Varela.
One of our many wonderful members.
We participate in Research Projects
We collect food to donate to the UTEP Food Pantry.
We meet-up for Intergenerational Interviews by UTEP Students.
We participate in educational activities on campus.
Joe is always ready with an answer and to assist everyone, especially on ZOOM.
We get to see amazing sunsets at UTEP.
OLLI members donate to the UTEP Food Pantry.
OLLI members always have fun!
OLLI members donate to the UTEP FOOD PANTRY on a regular basis.
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Our Goal $100,000
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