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.
Students who complete all curricular and co-curricular requirements of the Learning Community program will receive a Gold Medallion and Learning Community Certificate to be worn at graduation, in recognition of their commitment and achievement within their LC.
You are encouraged to track and share progress in the Learning Community program with your advisers, using this downloadable form to keep a personal record of your participation, and to share your LC course progress, plans, co-curricular activities and service hours throughout the academic year.
All Learning Community students will be placed into the associated LC courses by the Learning Community academic coordinator. To request adds, drops, or other changes to your LC course schedule, you or your advisor should complete the corresponding Google Forms located below.
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