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​​​​​​​​​​​nelsonmandela.jpg"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" 

"Nelson Mandela" Xplore Inc, 2015. 28 July 2015. 


Linked Learning Model

Umoja students are required to enroll in Umoja linked classes during the fall and spring semesters.

Fall Semester Learning Community Classes:

College Success: COUN 100 = 3 units    (CSU, UC)

Intercultural Communication: SPCH 126 = 3 units   (CSU, UC)

Spring Semester Learning Community Classes:                   

Career Planning: COUN 110 = 3 units    (CSU, UC)

Career Communication: SPCH 124 = 3 units   (CSU, UC)           



Counseling includes a comprehensive academic program in which students are assigned an Umoja counselor in a supportive environment to provide the following services (but not limited to)

a) Assist students in identifying academic/career goals.

b) Assist students in developing a Student Educational Plan (SEP).

c) Umoja counselor assists students in identifying specific strengths and weaknesses, colleges, and universities that meet students academic needs, and identifying other related needs.

d) Umoja counselor provides intrusive counseling (meeting students where they are).

e) Intensive student mentoring and follow-up.    

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Faculty, Staff and Peer Monitoring

Umoja faculty and staff, as well as former Umoja students, serve as a supportive network to address and provide a safe environment for all students enrolled in the Umoja Learning Community.

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Umoja seeks to enrich the whole student-Mind, Body, and Spirit. The Umoja Community engages students in cultural trips, college/university tours, academic empowerment tours, Umoja Learning Community Conferences, and on campus activities.

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Academic Support

Umoja students work closely with Umoja counselors and faculty to explore career options, develop an academic plan and identifying lifetime goals. Students take classes that provide a supportive and stimulating environment to build confidence through a series of culturally related pedagogical learning.


Financial Aid/Scholarship Assistance

Students are encouraged and advised to apply for financial aid and are provided assistance throughout the process. Financial aid and scholarship applications, dates, deadlines, and workshop information is provided to the student.

Scholarship America Dream Award.pdf


Transfer Planning

Umoja students are given the necessary resources and tools to assist them in the transfer process. This includes the latest news, websites, application deadlines, and tips to help with the transfer process.


Dedicated Space​  Room 863

Umoja Village 2.pngLocated in the 800 building, Umoja students have a place (UMOJA Village) to do homework, use computers, dine, and participate in "porch talk". Porch talk allows your voice to be heard and respected.

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Mentor ME Program

Students will meet and engage with a mentor for nine hours per semester of communication or activities while enrolled in any Umoja cohort class. Participants must demonstrate a willingness to learn about their mentor's profession and professional experiences, treat this opportunity to learn and broaden their educational horizons, and also share their experiences, dreams, and goals with their mentor.

Further details and questions can be addressed to:

Dr. Tia Madison

Professor of Speech Communication

Language & Developmental Studies

(707) 256-7495


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