Deadline to Register: 
Friday, July 12, 2024 - 5:00pm

The Umoja Student Leadership Summit (SLS) is a space to convene, train, and organize Umoja students to go forward and assume their roles as leaders in their local programs and communities. Empowered by Lorraine Hansberry quote, “The most common way people give up their power, is by thinking they don't have any." This year's SLS will make our ancestor's words tangible, centered around student leadership through an African-centered lens. Students will learn about African-centered student leadership, discuss strategies for advocacy, address outreach/in-reach efforts from a peer perspective, and engage in conversation on how to support students in the new normal of higher education. The SLS empowers student leaders to further develop personally and academically. 

The event features student-centered presentations and engages students in skill development, resulting in campus and community impact. Umoja scholars will hear from remarkable speakers, engage in multiple INDABAS (deep conversations), and learn how to be change agents on their campuses. Student leaders who attend the SLS should be current students who serve in leadership on your campus in some capacity and are willing to challenge themselves in an academic environment to promote advanced skillsets in leadership and beyond. As the Umoja practitioner, you will be involved in discussions, guide your students, and engage throughout the entire experience. Practitioners are required to lodge on campus to chaperone their scholars, lodging is provided to all students and practitioners in the residence halls. 

Student Leadership Summit 2024 (SLS) 
Informational Session for Umoja Coordinators
Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
Zoom Link:

Please note that this event is open for registration until we reach capacity. Therefore, the registration deadline does not guarantee availability. Once we reach capacity, we will open a waitlist for interested participants. The waitlist is not a guarantee but will be utilized to add participants if others remove themselves from attending the SLS. Again, a maximum of 2 practitioners and 4 students are allowed to register.

Key Details:

  • Date: August 1-3, 2024
  • Location: University of California, San Diego
  • Airport: (SAN) San Diego Airport / (ONT) Ontario Airport (1 hour and a half drive, excluding traffic)

SLS 2024 DAY 1 | THURSDAY | AUGUST 1, 2024  

  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am - Event Check-In at the Residence Halls 
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm – Lunch 
  • 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm - Coordinator Check-In 
  • 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm – Umoja Community Opening Ritual
  • 1:45 pm to 2:00 pm – Welcome
  • 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm – Event Overview and Inspiration Session   
  • 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm – Student Leadership Activity  
  • 3:30 pm to 3:45 pm – Ustawi
  • 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm – UC San Diego Beachside Dinner and Presentation
  • 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm - End of Day/Communal Hours   
  • 12:00 am - 12:30 am - Quiet Hours/Room Checks   

SLS 2024 DAY 2 | FRIDAY | AUGUST 2, 2024  

  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am - Breakfast   
  • 8:45 am to 9:00 am - Coordinator Check-In   
  • 9:15 am to 9:30am - Welcome   
  • 9:30 am to 11:00 am – General Session
  • 11:00 am to 11:15 am – Ustawi 
  • 11:15 am to 1:00 pm – Breakout Sessions
  • 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Lunch  
  • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm –  Umoja Group Projects  
  • 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Session Recap and Closing  
  • 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Free Time and Personal Reflection  
  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm - Dinner   
  • 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Evening Activity   
  • 10:00 pm to 11:30 pm - End of Day/Communal Hours   
  • 12:00 am to 12:30 am - Quiet Hours/Room Checks   

SLS 2024 DAY 3 | SATURDAY | AUGUST 3, 2024   

  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am - Breakfast   
  • 9:15 am to 9:30am - Welcome
  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am - Umoja Community Closing Ritual
  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - UC San Diego Campus Tour and Lunch


  1. Where do I share the names of the students I'm bringing? Coordinators must add the students' names and contact information to the registration form.
  2. Will there be a form to share the names of my student leaders? There will not be a separate form to report who will be attending at a later time. The form is editable after you have registered.
  3. When is the deadline to register? The deadline to register yourself and your students is July 12, 2024. This is a non-negotiable deadline to ensure that we can get appropriate information to our host campus.
  4. What expenses is my Umoja program responsible for? Umoja will cover the cost of meals during the event as noted in the agenda; plus, room and board for students/coordinators. The campus/coordinator assumes responsibility for air/ground transportation and other activities not related to the Umoja planned activities.
  5. Where can I view the agenda? You can view the preliminary agenda on our website.