Deadline to Register: 
Monday, June 7, 2021 - 5:00pm


  • Official Agenda
  • Official Speakers Guide

The Virtual Summer Learning Institute (SLI) is an intensive institute designed for Umoja Community program faculty and 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 the 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. 

Here are our goals for the SLI:

1. We will strengthen our Umoja Power Base through collaboration. This virtual event will include Umoja Planning Cafes. The planning cafes are informal learning spaces for practitioners and teams to build community and engage with others about strategies and effective practices for supporting Umoja students’ success. 

2. We will uplift student voices through our data collection to inform our continued work. We will review the practices for integrating data review and processing for administrators, coordinators, and campus leadership.

3. We will identify critical campus opportunities and challenges and work to create the optimal Black student experience

What is a Planning Cafe'?: The planning café is an informal learning space for practitioners and teams to build community and engage with others about strategies and effective practices for supporting Umoja student success.



Schedule Description: 

Monday, June 14, 2021

8:30am -11:15am New Program & Coordinator Institute

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Black Male Experience Institute

Schedule Description: 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

8:30am-9:00am Welcome & Ritual

9:00am-10:15am Keynote Speaker 

10:15am-10:45am Break

10:45am-12:00pm Senior Leadership Conversations: Advocacy for the Black student and Umoja

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-1:30pm Energizer

1:30pm-2:30pm Administrator Planning Cafè

2:30pm-3:00pm Call to Action 

Schedule Description: 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

9:00am-9:15am Welcome and Recap

9:15am-10:15am African Centered Theoretical Recap Facilitators: Jonathan Henderson, NaTisha Hutson, & Myia Williams

10:15am-12:00pm Jegnas: Our Wisdom Warriors

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm African Centered Counseling in Practice

2:30pm-2:45pm Break

2:45pm-3:45pm Planning Cafè: Counseling in Different Space

3:45pm-4:00pm Break

4:00pm-5:00pm Happy Hour!

Schedule Description: 

June 17, 2021

9:00am-9:30am Welcome and Overview

9:30am-10:15am New Data Process Recap with Q&A

10:15am-10:30am Break

10:30am-12:00am Deconstructing Data

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-1:30pm Energizer

1:30pm-2:30pm Planning Cafè Activity Data Storytelling

2:30pm-3:00om Closing