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.
Donald Stump, Ph.D. has directed the Micah program since Michael Garanzini, S.J., founded it in 1997. Stump worked with student development to create a learning community program for the entire University. He is a professor of English and lives in the Shaw neighborhood, where the Micah program first focused its service and where it is still engaged.
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