Umoja Offers Support to Help You Succeed and Graduate
Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. It is a family that helps its members navigate the college environment and become successful in education.
Sierra's Umoja Learning Community is open to all students but specifically designed to increase the retention and success rates as well as the graduation and transfer rates of African ancestry students.
We believe when the voices and histories of students are recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy, or self-belief, emerges. This is a foundation for academic success.
- You have not completed any of the classes of our learning community.
- You have completed assessment in English A for Fall start, or English 1A for spring start.
- You have completed application and interview with faculty.
The Umoja Community seeks to:
- Educate the whole student: body, mind and spirit
- Engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought
- Help students experience themselves as valuable and worthy of an education
- Provide the opportunity for students to add their story to the collective stories of the African Diaspora
- Improve reading, writing, self-discipline, and critical thinking skills
Program counselors also provide assistance with the personal issues that often hinder African American students.
Benefits of Participating in Umoja
As a part of the Umoja family, you will benefit from:
- A strong support system and personal attention by counselors and instructors
- Integrated instruction from caring faculty
- Peer tutoring and supplemental instruction tutoring
- Motivational and cultural workshops
- Campus tours
- Book Voucher Program
- Mentorship with campus faculty, staff, and community members
- Participation in the Umoja Community statewide events
Learning Community Classes
The Umoja program provides specialized learning programs designed to help students gain a solid foundation to succeed in college.
- Personal Development 1: College Success (3 units)
- English A: Mechanics and Basis Composition (3 units)
- SSCI 20: African–American Culture & Experience (3 units)
- Personal Development 6: Career Planning (3 units)
- English 1A: Introduction and Composition (3 units)
- SSCI 13: Dialogues in American Culture (3 units)
- Umoja Statewide Community
- The State Umoja Community unifying and expanding Umoja programs system wide.
- California Community Colleges’ HBCU Transfer Program
- Learn more about transferring to historically black colleges and universities.