Deadline to Register: 
Monday, December 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

January 3, 2019 at 3:00pm to January 5, 2019 at 3:00pm


The Umoja Community Education Foundation is excited to welcome all Umoja Coordinators and Co-coordinators to attend our Annual Winter Retreat. The Winter Retreat is a convening of the Umoja community coordinators to set the tone for the year and collaborate and share strategies with other Umoja practictioners. This year the Winter Retreat will be held at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Resort and Spa from January 3 to January 5, 2019. This event will be FREE for Umoja Coordinators and Co-coordinators working at one of the Umoja Community Affiliate colleges. All registered participants will receive paid registration, two nights hotel accommodations*, and meals except for Friday evening. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of attendees. 

*Note:  Attendees who live 30 miles or less away from the hotel will not be provided a hotel room. 


If you have any questions regarding the 2018 Winter Retreat, please email or call us via phone: (916) 661-6455.



This event is FREE for Umoja Coordinators and Co-coordinators working at one of the Umoja Community Affiliate colleges. All registered participants will receive paid registration, two nights hotel accommodations, and meals except for Thursday evening. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of attendees. 

Below are two registration types: General Registration no hotel room and General Registration with hotel room. All coordinators who are commuting more than 30 miles one way are eligible for a hotel room.

Note: Room reservations need to be secured prior to December 12 or there is no guarantee that a room can be secured at the location.


Travel and Lodging


The closest airport is the San Diego International Airport. You are responsible for your flight and other travel arrangements for this event. 

Ground Transportation

The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle service therefore you should seek to secure Super Shuttle ($12.00 per person) which is located across the street from the Airport Baggage Claim. There are also taxi services, Uber, and Lyft available to travel to the hotel resort.  If possible, we encourage you to share rides. 


Hotel accommodations are made via the registration link. If you need a room, select the registration type that says “with hotel room.” You will receive your Personal Hotel Confirmation Number in a follow-up email within one week of the event.  When you arrive at the hotel, you will be required to provide a personal credit card for incidentals. Hotel check-in is at 4:00 pm on Thursday, January 3rd and check-out is at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 5th. Room reservations must be made by December 12, 2018.  If reservations are made after this date, there is no guarantee that a room will be reserved.  


There is limited complimentary parking (non-overnight, first come, first serve) daily on the street.  Discounted overnight self-parking of $25 per vehicle, per overnight has been arranged.&nbsp. The Resort Fee has been waived which is included with your hotel room stay.  Note: You are responsible for cancelling your hotel accommodations, which must be done three (3) prior to arrival.  If you do not show up or cancel outside of this time frame, you will be held responsible for paying the hotel room night(s).  

Presentation materials

Breakout Time: 
Friday, March 8, 2019 - 2:39pm
Breakout Time: 
Friday, January 4, 2019 - 9:00am
Breakout Time: 
Friday, January 4, 2019 - 12:45pm
Breakout Time: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 12:45pm
Breakout Time: 
Friday, January 4, 2019 - 3:00pm
Breakout Time: 
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 1:00pm
Breakout Time: 
Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 1:00pm


Schedule Description: 


2:00 pm      Registration 

3:00 pm      Opening Session, Mission Ballroom

  • Opening Ritual, Council of Elders
  • Overview of the Event, Donna Colondres, Tom deWit
  • Celebrations and Challenges, Jonathan Henderson, Phyllis Gulbransen, Elaine Moore  

6:00 pm      Hotel Check in

7:00 pm      Dinner, Banyan Court & Lawn


8:00 am      Continental Breakfast, Mission Foyer

8:45 am      First General Session, Mission Ballroom    

  • State Update, Donna Colondres, Tom deWit
  • Umoja Community Education Foundation Update,Teresa Aldredge, President   
  • Workshops Overview, Trelisa Glazatov  

10:00 am      Workshops

Workshop 1:  Starting a Student Leadership Program and Adopting High School, Palm 1
Tom deWit, Katrina King, Sabrina Taylor

Workshop 2:  Hostile Climate on Campus: Racial Environment, Cabrillo
Jonathan Henderson, Don Love

Workshop 3:  How to Successfully Build a Second-Third Year Program, Mariner
Elaine Moore, Brian Mims

Workshop 4: Counseling Topics, Mission Ballroom
Donna Colondres, Erin Charlens

11:00 am        Workshops Repeated

12:00 pm        Lunch, Mission Terrace

12:45 pm        Second General Session, Mission Ballroom

  • UC Update and Training, UC Representatives  

2:45 pm       Break

3:00 pm       Second General Session Resumes, Mission Ballroom

  • Umoja Bingo, Kassie Phillips
  • CSU Update, Marisela Cervantes
  • Guided Pathway, Trelisa Glazatov and Katrina King

6:15 pm       Reception

7:30 pm       Dinner on your own



8:00 am         Continental Breakfast, Mission Foyer

9:00 am         Third General Session, Mission Ballroom   

  • HBCU Updates, Elaine Moore

9:30 am          Regional Meetings

  • Region 1, Mission Ballroom
  • Region 2, Mission Ballroom
  • Region 3, Mission Ballroom
  • Region 4, Cabrillo
  • Region 5, Mariner
  • Region 6, Palm 1

11:00 am        Break

11:15 am        Challenges in and Strategies for Recruitment and Marketing

Sabrina Taylor, Facilitator
Cerritos College: Sheila Hill
Mira Costa College:  Don Love and Christine Sidela
Moreno Valley: Gertia Lopez, Moreno Valley College
Santa Monica College: Sherri Bradford and Chelena Fisher

12:15 pm       Lunch, Mission Terrace

12:45 pm       Final General Session, Mission Ballroom   

  •   CRM Overview and Training
      April White

1:45 pm         Closing Ritual

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