Save the Date

Umoja XI Conference

November 6-7, 2015

Oakland City Center Marriot

Save the Date Umoja XI Flyer

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Summer Learning Institute

June 22-26, 2016

Paradise Point Resort & Spa – San Diego



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. We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success. Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas. Read More

Educational Philosophy

Umoja is a community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of African American and other students. The Umoja Community seeks to educate the whole student–body, mind and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, the Umoja Community will deliberately engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought. Read More

Core Requirements

Colleges wishing to launch a new program or affiliate an existing program focused on the retention and academic success of African American students based on the model established by the Umoja Community of California Community Colleges, are expected to adhere to… Read More

Umoja Community Song

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Umoja Community Videos

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Daraja: Last Day Interviews (full interview of the edited one in How Was the Ride?)
African American Migration Experience
Introduction to Umoja VI
How Was the Ride? Film Synopsis: In this movie a faculty member and three Student co-Inquirers interview students from four English 102 sections. English 102 is a 4-unit accelerated course offered at Chabot College that is designed to move students to transfer level English in one semester. The course has been a cornerstone of Chabot’s curriculum for over 15 years.
Freedom to Think
Daraja: A Syllabus for Life Daraja: A Syllabus For Life is a rich, engaging portrayal of a program that changes lives. For Educators and students who have never experienced this kind of program, the film offers an intimate lens into what it would be like to have an Umoja community on their campus.