The Summer Learning Institute (SLI) is an intensive retreat designed for Umoja Community program staff. The training focuses on immersing attendees in the philosophy, pedagogy, theoretical foundations, and best practices based on the Umoja Community model. Educators from California Community Colleges have the opportunity to engage in courageous and bold discussions with other Umoja Community program staff. Participants are encouraged to attend as a college team, as they are given the opportunity to discuss and refine their programs based on information learned at the institute. Examples of content presented at the SLI include program structure and implementation, elements of African customs and rituals, and cultural applications for teaching English, math, and college success/guidance courses.
This year, the Summer Learning Institute will be held at the beautiful Hotel Irvine in Irvine, California. The Summer Learning Institute is an important step in becoming affiliated with the Umoja Community. Umoja practitioners around the state are invited to participate in this intensive week-long training in Umoja practices and pedagogy. Currently, affiliated colleges are also encouraged to bring new team members to the training.
Registration: The registration is $525 per person and covers most meals, all materials, internet in meeting space and resort fee.
Travel Information: You are responsible for your flight and other travel arrangements for this event. The closest airport is the John Wayne International Airport.
Ground Transportation: The Hotel Irvine offers an airport shuttle service to and from the John Wayne Airport. There are also taxi service, Uber, and Lyft available to travel to the hotel.
Hotel Reservations: Lodging is not included in the registration fee and you are responsible for making your own room reservations. You can make reservations by calling the hotel reservation line at 877-614-2137. When calling you will need to provide the agent with the group name -- Umoja Community Education Foundation.
The room rates are as follows: $155 (single and double) $175 (Triple), and $195 (Quad)
Hotel Parking: Complimentary self-parking during the day; $19 overnight parking