Deadline to Register: 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 11:00am

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.


  • All attendees must register in advance for the event.
  • Campuses can register up to 10 attendees. There will be a waitlist option if spaces become available.
  • UC Merced will host their annual "Bobcat Day" on April 20, 2024. This event is separate from the Symposium. To register, click here.
  • For additional information, e-mail

The Agenda-At-A-Glance | April 19, 2024

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 10:50 AM - Opening Umoja Elder Ritual 
  • 11:50 - 11:15 AM - UCEF and UC Celebratory Opening and Akwaaba
  • 11:15 AM - 12:10 PM - Community Indaba – The Village Pt. 1 
  • 12:10 - 12:20 PM - Ustawi – Wellness Break and Snacks 
  • 12:20 - 12:45 PM - Community Indaba – The Village Pt. 2 
  • 12:45 - 1:00 PM - Closing Umoja Elder Ritual 
  • 1:15 - 4:00 PM - UC Experience and Lunch 

Northern California Regional Symposium Address 
University of California, Merced
UCM Conference Center - Lakireddy Grand Ballroom 
5200 N Lake Rd, Merced, CA 95340
Merced, CA 95340

Campus map

UCM Parking Information 

Parking will be in the Bellevue Lot, codes for free parking for the event will be provided. Buses are slotted in a specific area of the lot and should that area become filled, additional buses will be directed to go to an overflow lot. If parking is not indicated prior, attendees will pay $8.00 to park for the entire day. There are kiosks in the parking lot. This area is closely monitored and without any type of payment, all vehicles are subject to fines.