Why a Learning Community?
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 Learning 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.
The Umoja Program
The Umoja Program is a culturally responsive approach to reaching students and providing an environment to Survive and Thrive. The 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.
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 student success and improved lifetime outcomes through a curriculum that is responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas.
For more information please contact:
Coordinator, Instructor, Counselor