Micah: Service and Faith Learning Community

Located in Marguerite Hall, the Micah Program brings together faith, service, community and academics.

Micah: Service and Faith Learning Community

Working among people from many racial and ethnic backgrounds who live in neighborhoods near the University, Micah community members will perform three hours of service a week together at one of 13 model sites. The program provides your transportation.

First-year Micah students study in many different majors. Together, they take several courses that fulfill some of the university’s core requirements. In the fall, Micah students explore ideals of social justice while taking two courses in small discussion sections and in the spring, take at least one course together that explores issues of race, gender, and ethnicity in the context of urban poverty studies. The program offers an optional minor in Urban Poverty Studies.

During a weekly community hour, Micah students gather in small groups to support one another, reflect on experiences in class and at service, and share their faith. Many older students stay involved throughout their college careers, continuing their service, serving as mentors, leading retreats and small-group gatherings, and organizing Micah large-group service days and social events.

The program welcomes students of all faiths and majors. This community also has a sophomore component for students who wish to continue in the community for a second year.

There is a required supplemental application for this learning community 

Associated Classes for 2017-2018

Fall
  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations
  • PHIL 1050: Intro to Phil: Self & Reality
    or
    ENGL 1900: Advanced Strategies Of Rhetoric and Research
Spring
  • LAS 3000: Introduction to Latin American Studies

    or
    AAM 2010: Contemporary Black America

    or
    ASTD 3200: The Urban Crisis

    or
    THEO 2515: Theology and Social Justice

Faculty Associate

Dr. Olga Arbelaez, Interim Associate Director of the Micah Program,  is also the director of the Latin American Studies program. Her areas of interest include, Contemporary Latin American Narrative and Theater, Latin-American Women Writers, and Afro-Hispanic Literature.

I love living in the Micah community because I love the four pillars that make it up – community, faith, service and academics. Being able to live in a community where you stand with and for others by your service, exploring your faith and that of your peers, has a big impact on your growth as a person. It’s so cool to be able to continue the conversations that happen in the classroom when you go back to the residence hall.

Shalini Raichur, public health major