UMOJA..Ooo-moe-juh (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. The UMOJA community seeks to educate the whole student- Mind, Body, and Spirit. We believe that when the voices and histories of African American students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, it will help students experience themselves as valuable and worthy of an education.
Why Such a Program?
Research has revealed that mentoring relationships, along with intentional and deliberate focus on successful strategies, help to increase positive outcomes for historically under-represented populations. Course completion and academic success in college for African-Americans are amongst the lowest of students attending California colleges. The program objective is to promote the success of students who statistically have the most need in the state of California.
Hwe Mu Dua: This symbol stresses the need to strive for the best quality, whether in production of goods or in human endeavors.
Why A Learning Community?
The UMOJA Learning Community is a culturally responsive approach to reaching students and providing an environment to Survive and Thrive. This program specifically targets the retention, persistence, and success of African-American students. Exclusive, it is not. Students from a diverse, wide-range of varied backgrounds are participants in the program. The overall goal is to help students progress toward their success.
Wo Nsa Da Mau A: This is a symbol of participatory government, democracy and pluralism.
" Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world"
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