BEING PRESENT AND ABLE TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE POSITIVE CHANGE REQUIRES THAT FELLOWS ARE ABLE TO ENGAGE SOCIAL DYNAMICS
BOTH INTELLECTUALLY AND EMOTIONALLY.
IT IS OUR HOPE THAT FELLOWS WILL BE ABLE TO USE THIS IMMERSION EXPERIENCE TO TAKE UP A PRACTICE THAT WILL BUILD THEIR CAPACITY FOR CRITICAL THINKING, CULTURAL PROFICIENCY, EQUANIMITY, EMPATHY AND COMPASSION.
Who we are and what we do
8 SMC and 8 USD students (16 total) will be selected to participate in the MICAH Summer Fellowship.
Students’ engagement will be varied based on their respective community partner organization. Some will work directly with individuals who are marginally housed to help provide access to basic needs such as food, shelter, jobs, and healthcare. Others will work directly with staff and citizens to plan programs or implement campaigns to end homelessness, advocate for access to health care, neighborhood safety, employment, or education.
12 MICAH Fellows will be placed in the Oakland | SAN FRANCISCO Bay Area.
4 MICAH Fellows will be placed in Tijuana, Mexico.
The Fine Print (even this is awesome)
MICAH Summer Fellows will receive the following:
- Food: Each student will receive a modest weekly food stipend that they will be encouraged to bring together with their housemates ($20/week).
- Housing: Students will live simply together in an apartment unit located at Alameda Point Collaborative (Total Value per student: $825.00)
- Transportation: Each student will receive a transportation stipend commensurate to their transportation needs. (Total Value per student: approximately - $175.00)
- Fellowship Award: Each student will receive a $2,500 Service Award upon completing program.
- Pre-orientation & orientation- All MICAH fellows must be available to participate in a pre-orientation gathering on a Saturday in mid-May (exact date/time/location TBD) MICAH fellows must also participate in an orientation May 29th – May 31st in which you will learn about your learning community, neighborhood, food, and transportation. You will create a community living covenant during this orientation.
- Partner commitment- Fellows will commit - contribute 8 hours a day / 4 days a week. Each fellow’s exact schedule will be worked out with her/his site supervisor. Fellows may not have a place of employment during the Fellowship Program. Detailed fellowship descriptions can be found above.
- Readings & Community Nights- Fellows will be required to complete readings that advance their understanding and engagement with the programs values including: social justice, community, leadership, simplicity, and spirituality. The fellows will have two community nights per week (Sundays & Wednesdays). A SMC or USD staff will facilitate the meetings each week and this will be an opportunity to critically reflect on readings, service site experiences, and living experiences in Alameda. Students will receive a quarter credit OR 1 credit depending on their respective institution.
- Critical reflection papers and creative blogs- Fellows will write critical reflection papers and meet at least once a week with their site-supervisor to reflect and debrief their experiences. The site supervisor and SMC/USD staff will provide specific questions and a framework for the reflection papers that will link the reading to the experience. The critical reflection papers will incorporate reflections on social justice, community, simplicity, and spirituality. SMC/USD staff will review and respond to the critical reflection papers on a weekly basis. The use of social media (blog, if possible) is encouraged during the fellowship to allow other interested parties insight into the student’s experiences as they are happening. The .25 course will be a component of this item. See syllabus.
- Project- Through collaboration with the site supervisor fellows will complete a project that will benefit the organization such as: issue research, policy analysis, or program evaluation & assessment. The site supervisor may also propose a project that would benefit the organization and be completed within the given time frame. This project must be completed by August 7, 2016
- Paper- Fellows will write a final 8-10 page paper designed to help students reflect on the experiences of the MICAH Summer Fellowship. As students reflect, they will refer to readings, reflections, experiences, and activities that have been particularly meaningful.
- Presentation- Fellows will make a minimum of two formal presentations on campus during the following academic year to CILSA and other interested and appropriate campus organizations.
Outcomes and impact
For our Students
- Learn the underlying social justice issues evident in the work of the partner organization.
- Develop concrete skills necessary to engage in social change.
- Understand structural barriers and possible solutions to social justice issues at the partner organization.
- Learn how partner organizations work to create systemic change.
- Learn and develop leadership skills as well as deepen self-awareness and a sense of vocation.
- Deepen knowledge of themes of Catholic Social Tradition and connections to the work.
- Develop skills and attitudes necessary for community living.
FOR OUR COMMUNITY
- Experienced and qualified students to serve 35-40 hours per week for June and July.
- The students will work directly with clients and/or staff in order to plan and/or implement strategic objectives of the organization.
- The students will enhance the work that is being done by clients and/or staff.
- The students will deliver a project/product that will be of value and benefit to the partner organization long after the student has concluded his/her fellowship (eg: grant research, curriculum development etc.).
FOR OUR INSTITUTION
- Increased visibility to enhance giving to respective institutions.
- Shared digital storytelling space to highlight peace and justice work of students.
- Notable leader presence at institutional gatherings.
- Promotion of institutional missions, initiatives.
- Inter-collegiate collaboration.
- SMC and USD will be known as regional and national Leaders in Community Service-learning.