The Micah Program
Live, Study, and Serve Together!


Frequently Asked Questions about Faith, Academics, Service, and Community

Micah first-year's Michael and Crystal with one of the teens they are tutoring.


> Where does the name Micah come from? The Micah Program is a nondenominational faith-based learning community of Saint Louis University. Integrated around themes of justice and peace, it takes its name from the Biblical prophet Micah, who spoke out against social inequities.

And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

> I'm not a Catholic. Can I be a member of Micah? Absolutely! Though the program is faith-based, it includes students from a wide variety of religious backgrounds and denominations.

> Is Micah a prayer or Bible-study group? No. Though a number of our students participate in such groups on campus, the program has a larger vision and a wider set of activities. Our students come from many different majors on campus, live together in community, focus part of their studies on urban poverty, and perform community service.

> As a Micah student, what would I have to do as far as faith is concerned? All Micah first-year students are required to attend Community Hour meetings once a week on Monday evenings for about an hour. These are run either by a Micah Mentor or by a Campus Minister and focus on building a community of shared concern and support. Prayer is often a part of these meetings, as is reflection.



> Which academic majors are associated with the Micah Program? Our students are remarkably diverse. Over thirty majors are represented, including Theology, Pre-Med, Psychology, International Studies, Social Work, Pre-Law, English, Nursing, Engineering, Forensic Science, Philosophy, Aviation Science, Languages, and Business.


> Can I study abroad as a member of the Micah Program? Absolutely. Many of our sophomores and juniors spend a semester, or even a year, studying abroad.

> Are there special Micah courses? Yes, Micah first-year students take at least three courses together - two in the fall and 1 in the spring. All of these courses generally satisfy some of the university core requirements. They also take students a long way toward the optional completion of our Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Poverty Studies.

> What are core courses? They are classes that students are required to take in order to graduate from a particular college or school in the university.

Micah First-Year Students for 2016-2017

> Does enrolling in Micah increase the number of courses that I will have to take?Though core requirements vary somewhat from one college or school at SLU to another, Micah classes can usually be counted toward students' graduation requirements. In most cases, Micah does not add more academic requirements than students already have.

> How are the sections of courses taken by Micah first-year students different? Though they cover the same general topics as any other section, they are special in two ways. First, in the fall they are taught back-to-back and connected in content so that things learned in one course contribute to the other. Second, whenever possible, they focus on issues of social justice, drawing connections between what students are studying and what they are experiencing in their community service. Since students in the classes are friends, discussion tends to be lively, and there are more chances to study together and collaborate on projects.

> What about my other course work? Besides the three Micah courses required in the freshman year, your other studies at SLU will depend entirely on your academic interests and the plans that you lay with your academic advisor.

> Are there Micah courses after the freshman year? Yes, but they are optional. Since students who finish our First-Year Project need only a few more classes to complete our Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Poverty Studies, many take some of their other core requirements in ways that allow them to complete that credential, which is often useful in applying for jobs or for graduate or professional studies.



> How many community-service hours are required in the program? Because we understand that it is important for first-year students to focus on their studies, we ask only thirty hours a semester. That averages about two to three hours a week. Many students, however, do more.

> Where do Micah first-year students do their service? We work at more than sixteen sites in urban communities near the university. You can learn more about our service sites by clicking on the Service button.

> What kind of service do they perform? In our regular weekly service, we focus on building relationships with people and helping them in long-term ways that will help them break out of poverty. For that reason, we don't work with crisis agencies such as soup kitchens and homeless shelters. You can learn more about our service sites by clicking on the Service button.


> How will I be assigned to a service site? Whenever possible, we give students their first choice among the sites that we support. What you do will depend mainly on your schedule, the times when sites that interest you are available, and transportation schedules.

> How will I get to service? The program provides the necessary vans for weekly service and for other Micah events. Students in the program who are certified by the university drive the vans. There are no costs to our students for this transportation. As long as you complete the driver's verification process and follow all guidelines, you will be covered by SLU's insurance.

>Are the places where you serve safe? Our highest priority is to ensure that everyone stays safe. Although no American city is without potential dangers, the neighborhoods where we serve are stable and our sites are well run. We do, however, ask first-year students to follow a few simple rules: never to go to service alone and take the vans directly to service sites and back.


> What other service opportunities does Micah offer? In addition to weekly service, many of our first-year students volunteer for special monthly events with older Micah students and with the faculty and staff. Though these outings are not required, they are favorites with our students. They often involve renovating houses, landscaping unsightly areas, or fixing up facilities at underfunded schools.

> How does Micah service fit with the Presidential and MLK Scholarships? Presidential Scholars can use the service hours from their Presidential Scholarship service to fulfill Micah service hours. MLK Scholars can use Micah service to fulfill their scholarship's service requirements.


> Who are the Micah first-year students? Micah students are diverse in faith, education, race, socioeconomic background, and personal interests. The common threads that bind them together are faith, seriousness about their education, and desire to serve people in need.


> Where do they live? Micah first-year students and their Micah sophomore Mentors live on the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th floors of Marguerite Hall. Groups of four students of the same gender live in the sixteen suites on each floor, with each suite being made up of two rooms joined by a private bathroom. The RAs are all students in the program. Marguerite Hall is located on the main campus sidewalk, close to Campus Ministry, the Fusz Hall food court, and important classroom buildings. It is located directly across from the SLU Village apartments.

> What do I do if I have applied for other housing and then I am accepted into The Micah Program? Don't worry, once you have been accepted into The Micah Program, our Program Coordinator will inform Housing and Res Life and have your housing assignment moved to one of the Micah floors.

> Will I get to know other first-year students on campus? Absolutely! Although the Micah students build strong and lasting friendships within their own community, they are just as fully involved in other organizations and programs on campus as any other group of students. They also meet other first-year students in class, in Marguerite Hall, in the dining halls, and at films, lectures, and social events on campus. Since the Micah floors are lively and welcoming places, other students often come there to hang out with friends.

> Who are the Mentors? They are sophomores in the program chosen from among those who are interested in helping the incoming freshmen. They are available to serve as guides to the university and the program and to offer support whenever they are needed. Since they have just completed the Micah First-Year Project themselves, they are excellent resources for new students.


> Where do the other Micah upperclassmen live? Since living near the Micah first-year students is a popular option for sophomores, many of our students live in Marguerite Hall for that year. Those serving as Mentors live in their own suites close to our freshmen. Most older students remain active in the program, which allows opportunities for students at all levels to get to know one another and to form networks of friendships.

> Will I have time to participate in other areas of campus life besides Micah? First-year students in the program are required to devote a total of just three to four hours a week to Micah service and Community Hour meetings That leaves plenty of time to become involved in other organizations. Our students participate in many organizations, including Campus Ministry, Student Government, the student newspaper, academic clubs, intramural sports teams, University Theatre, and the many choirs and musical groups on campus. In fact, since our students often develop unusual leadership skills, they are in demand in other organizations across campus.


What about part-time jobs? Like other first-years, many Micah students have jobs. If you have to work to support your education, there won't be a problem so long as your job does not require more than ten or twelve hours a week. We recommend, however, that you not take on activities besides Micah until you have settled in and know what your schedule permits. There won't be time for work and a long string of extra-curricular activities, as there was in high school.

> Can I talk to current participants about Micah? Certainly! Our current students are always happy to talk with people about the program. If you are going to be on campus, please plan to stop by the office. Once you have been accepted to SLU, you're welcome to spend the night on one of the floors so that you can talk at length with students. To schedule a call at home or arrange a visit, please contact our Program Coordinator, Debbie Wilson, at 314-977-3615 or

> I'm ready to apply! Great! Click on Apply and you'll receive instructions for printing out an application from a PDF file or for applying directly on line. Since we do a limited number of early acceptances for students who are exceptionally qualified candidates, it is to your advantage to submit your forms as soon as you can.

IMPORTANT: In order to be sure that your application has reached us, please contact our office immediately if you do not receive an acknowledgement within two working days of sending it in.