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MICAH Summer Fellowship


Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

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MICAH Summer Fellowship


Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

Micah (mulvaney immersion communities for action and humility) Summer fellowship

Our Approach

Saint Mary’s College of California and the University of San Diego, in partnership with the generosity of Tom and Karen Mulvaney, will forge a mutually enriching community engagement partnership while maintaining the integrity of the respective institutional missions.

We believe that the shared Catholic and Liberal Arts traditions of both universities create the foundation for an innovative fellowship that will offer our students real opportunities to practice leadership capable of social change. The shared experience will allow participating students the opportunity to create a fellowship of practitioners committed to examining the complexities of themselves as individuals, their communities, and their world. This is  a living/learning fellowship that challenges participants to creatively examine and practice the program values:  community, leadership, simplicity, social justice and spirituality.

An 8-­week summer fellowship program will provide a unique opportunity for students from SMC and USD with a common mission to share an intentional living, learning, and serving experience designed to foster growth in leadership, academics, and spirituality.

This program is designed so that both summer student fellows as well as the institutional communities (students, staff, faculty, alumni and donors) will have the opportunity to interact with notable leaders to gain insight into the opportunities and challenges of creating positive social change. Additionally, the presence of a notable leader will help bring visibility to the Mulvaney Summer Fellowship Program as well as other institutional initiatives. 

Mission

Cultivate personal and social responsibility in the lives of students and create lasting positive impact in local and global communities.

Vision

Individuals and communities will make a life long commitment towards creating a more peaceful and just world.

Values

Community, Leadership, Simplicity, Social Justice and Spirituality

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Immersion As A Practice


"Close both eyes, see with the other one.  Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgements, our ceaseless withholding, our constant exclusion.  Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new expansive location, in a place of Endless Acceptance and Infinite Love."  - Gregory Boyle

Immersion As A Practice


"Close both eyes, see with the other one.  Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgements, our ceaseless withholding, our constant exclusion.  Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new expansive location, in a place of Endless Acceptance and Infinite Love."  - Gregory Boyle

Over the past ten years the University of San Diego and Saint Mary’s College of California have both been independently developing and practicing immersion based models of community engagement. Rooted in traditional Service-Learning pedagogy our service-immersion trips drew from the best practices in our field. As our centers and our programs matured, we deliberately chose to shift away from being transactional and service based to being more relational and immersion based. 

As we shifted our intentions we began to see that “immersion” offered our students the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones and step into a space that we co-create with community. Within this co-created space lies the potential for personal transformation, a path toward genuine solidarity, and generative energy compelling us to continually seek positive change.

With the generous support of Tom & Karen Mulvaney we are excited to challenge our centers and our students to lean into “immersion as a practice,” thus expanding our ability to authentically join community and our capacity to create positive social change.