Deadline to Register: 
Friday, March 22, 2024 - 3:45pm

The Umoja Community Education Foundation annually hosts the Regional Symposium, a transformative event held in both the Northern and Southern regions of California during the spring semester in April. Specifically designed to serve our 73 affiliate programs, the symposium serves as a dynamic platform for collaborative learning and growth. Each regional event encompasses a rich array of activities, including workshop sessions, engagement with four-year universities, connection to the African Diaspora, cross-regional support, and alliance building. Moreover, the symposium aligns with the elements of the UCEF Memo of Understanding (MOU), offering targeted training and development sessions to identify Umoja Practitioners and acknowledge students' contributions to establishing thriving Umoja programs.


  • Location: UCI Student Center
  • All attendees must register in advance for the event.
  • For additional information, e-mail

The Agenda-At-A-Glance | April 4, 2024

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast 
  • 10:00 - 10:30 AM - Opening Umoja Elder Ritual  
  • 10:30 - 10:55 AM - UCEF and UC Celebratory Opening and Akwaaba
  • 10:55 AM - 11:10 PM - Community Building Activity
  • 11:10 - 12:05 PM - Community Indaba – The Village Pt. 1 
  • 12:05 - 12:15 PM - Ustawi Wellness Break and Snacks 
  • 12:15 - 12:45 PM - Community Indaba – The Village Pt. 2 
  • 12:45 - 12:10 PM - Transition to UCI 
  • 12:45 - 1:00 PM - Closing Umoja Elder Ritual 
  • 1:15 - 4:00 PM - UC Experience and Lunch 
  • 1:00 - 1:10 PM - UCI Introductions 
  • 1:10 - 2:00 PM - Lunch and Activity  
  • 2:10 - 3:00 PM - Photos and UCI Campus Tour  
  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM - Optional: Presentation for Umoja Practitioners 
  • 3:30 - 3:50 PM - UCI Umoja Pilot Presentation with Q&A 
  • Student Panel and Discussion 
  • 4:00 PM - UCI Umoja Alumni Closing/Closing Umoja Elder Ritual/Depart UCI/End of Day 

Southern California Regional Symposium Address 

UCI Student Center 311 W. Peltason Dr. A, Irvine, CA 92697

UCI Parking Information 

UCI is hosting parking for the 2024 Umoja Regional Symposium, but all guests must register their vehicle for a permit while on campus. Because we anticipate lots of traffic not only for this event but also from UCI staff and students navigating parking for class, we highly encourage all guests to pre-register their vehicles and reserve their permits before arrival. Please also allow yourself plenty of time to arrive and park given the increase in traffic to our parking structure. To reserve your complimentary permit, please use the link and information below and register your vehicle:

For the event, please park in the UCI Student Center Parking Structure:

112 Pereira Dr University of California, Irvine, CA 92697

Directions to the structure may be found here:

If you have reserved a parking permit before arrival, you may enter the structure without checking in at the kiosk and find any available AR or standard marked stall.

Campus map.