Deadline to Register: 
Monday, May 30, 2022 - 5:00pm

The Umoja University Faculty Institute is an experience designed to allow educators to inquire about and discover teaching and learning practices that impact the Black student experience. The experience allows educators to gain an understanding of African-centered praxis through critical examination, collective engagement, and identifying effective strategies to transform the teaching and learning experience into one that contributes to the illumination of Black students’ intellect. We will center Umoja's culturally responsive curriculum development and inclusive practices as a model for challenging and changing the student and faculty experience. We hope you will plan to attend and encourage other faculty members or teams on your campuses to do the same! Registering a team will help your campus begin the process of improving outcomes for all students.

Institute Goals: 

  • Critical Examination of Theoretical Frameworks – Introduction and exploration of frameworks that explain current structures and experiences as well as a framework that provides the foundation for Umoja educational philosophy and practices
  • Reflection of Current Values, Philosophies, and Practices – Self-paced and group activities that allow practitioners to identify, name, and gain a better understanding of how our current knowledge informs how we show up in the learning space. Activities based on discipline will guide practitioners through the reflection.
  • Knowledge Construction and Community Building – Collective knowledge and wisdom are shared by advanced Umoja practitioners and community master-teachers that provide effective and promising strategies on developing inclusive curriculum, understanding cultural and transformative pedagogy, and constructing engaging on-campus and virtual learning environments.
  • Engagement through Guided Practice – Relevant, current, and interactive activities that allow the practitioners to integrate theory, and new understandings into action and continue building communal intelligence with feedback and sharing.

Continued Learning and Development: 

In addition to the in-person institute, participants will have access to;

  • Umoja Practitioner Development Resources including Upcoming Umoja Briefs, Curricular Resources, and Newsletters
  • Discounted Pricing to Annual Umoja Conference and Umoja SLI
  • Access to Umoja Community of Practice live and previously recorded webinars



Travel and Lodging


Map & Directions

What is the best address to put into my GPS?

10 Washington St, Oakland, CA 95607

How do I get to the hotel from the airport?


  1. Follow airport signage and merge onto I-880 N. toward Downtown/Oakland
  2. Take the Broadway/Downtown Exit
  3. Merge onto 6th St.
  4. Turn left onto Washington St.
  5. The Waterfront Hotel will be on the left


  1. Follow airport signage and merge onto US-101 N.
  2. Take the I-80 Exit toward Bay Bridge and merge onto I-80 E proceeding over the bridge
  3. Take the I-880 S. Exit toward Broadway/Alameda
  4. Turn right onto 5th St.
  5. Slight right to stay on 5th St.
  6. Turn right onto Washington St.
  7. The Waterfront Hotel will be on the left


  1. Follow airport signage and merge onto I-880 N. toward Oakland
  2. Take the Broadway/Downtown exit
  3. Merge onto 6th St.
  4. Turn left onto Washington St.
  5. The Waterfront Hotel will be on the left

After passing Embarcadero St. on Washington St. into Jack London Square, pass around the fountain and pull into our driveway.

The hotel does not offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. There are several other options available:

  1. Get a cab outside the airport. The cost will be about $35 to $40 from Oakland and about $80 from San Francisco. The ride is approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. BART is available from the Oakland Airport to 12th Street Oakland City Center for $7.85, and it runs about every seven minutes. From the Oakland Coliseum it runs every seven to 15 minutes based on time of day. From the SFO airport to 12th Street Oakland City Center it costs $8.95. From the BART station, it’s about a 10 to 15 minute walk on Broadway toward Jack London Square, where our hotel is located.
  3. Town Car service is available. Contact the hotel directly and ask to speak to the valet stand.

To book your room reservations, please click here. For additional assistance, contact the Waterfront Hotel at (510) 836-3800.


Schedule Time: 
2022 - 10:54am