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; https://umojacommunity.org/umoja-community-data)
Career, academic and personal counseling
Opportunities to attend Umoja sponsored events and conferences
Access to Umoja Community scholarships
Academic excellence celebrations
Access to Umoja Village Space
Make new friends
Book loan program
Calculator Loan Program
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