Spotlight on: UC Retiree Centers

Nearing retirement and wondering where to start? Want to prepare financially and stay connected to campus after you’ve retired? UC retiree centers can help.

“We assist people considering retirement and try really hard to weave retirees into daily life on campus,” says Sue Barnes, Director of the UC Davis Retiree Center.

There are seven on-campus retiree centers in the network at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz, in addition to several emeriti associations. While all the retiree centers collaborate frequently, share similar missions, and offer similar services, each is uniquely tailored to the campus it serves. 

For example, the UC Davis Retiree Center, which opened its doors in 2006, serves roughly 10,000 retirees today. In addition to helping employees who are nearing retirement by providing educational workshops and offering referrals to other resources, the Center also aims to keep retirees connected to campus by linking them to volunteer and part-time opportunities.

“Through the Retiree Center, I’ve gotten a chance to give back to the University,” says Sandy Filby, who worked for UC for 30 years, “and many more chances to have fun—and learn—with amazing people.”

Many retiree centers also provide educational programs and activities each quarter—from day trips and campus tours to educational classes and retiree meetings. At UC Davis, the most popular events include an annual New Retiree Reception in June, a Retiree Resource Fair in fall and a series of Transitioning to Retirement classes in January.

Want to connect with a UC Retiree Center
and/or emeriti association in your area?

  • UCnet provides details on the available retiree and emeriti associations.
  • In addition, UC’s New Dimensions newsletter offers news and education specifically for retirees. View past issues on UCnet. Or sign up for the electronic version by simply logging in to your personal account on At Your Service Online. Under the “Stay Connected” tab, choose “Newsletter.”
  • And you can always find support and resources online.


“When you walk into the UC Davis Retiree Center you’ll see framed pictures of retirees having fun—these pictures showcase the heart of the Retiree Center!”

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