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Mission

  • 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 for the purpose of creating a welcoming environment that fosters self-efficacy and instills a strong desire to succeed and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, nation and the world.

History

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  • 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, maintain a higher GPA, and are better prepared for transfer. (California Community College Chancellor’s Office, 03.10.2018; https://umojacommunity.org/umoja-community-data)

 

 

Benefits 

  • Career, academic and personal counseling
  • Opportunities to attend Umoja sponsored events and conferencesgroup of students at desk
  • 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