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Umoja Community______________________________________


  • UMOJA (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.
  • Through a holistic approach, the Umoja program encourages, engages, nurtures, and connects with students. Umoja creates a welcoming environment that fosters self-efficacy and a strong desire to succeed. Furthermore, Umoja encourages socially responsible leadership from students, not only in their communities but in the world as a whole.


  • Supported by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Umoja is a statewide community that includes fifty-five California community colleges, one California State University and one community college in the State of Washington.
  • Current data indicates that 25% of Umoja students are more likely to remain in college, to maintain a higher GPA, and are better prepared for transfer. (California Community College Chancellor’s Office, 03.10.2018;


  • Career, academic and personal counseling
  • Opportunities to attend Umoja sponsored events and conferences
  • Access to Umoja Community scholarships
  • Cultural experiences
  • Academic excellence celebrations
  • University visits
  • Mentoring
  • Access to Umoja Village Space
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Book loan program
  • Calculator Loan Program
  • School Supplies

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Program Requirements

  • Current enrollment at Palomar College
  • Completed Umoja online application
  • Interest in African American culture and experiences
  • Attendance of Umoja Orientation / Kickoff Event and Rite of Passage Event

How to Join

  • To apply for the Umoja Community Program, click on this link:
  • Select “Student Application,” located on the top of the page.
  • Select Palomar from drop-down list, fill out the application, click submit
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