​​​ Umoja Academic Success Program

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Umoja is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African Americans students and other students as a community while increasing graduation and transfer rates.

We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success.  Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African Diaspora.

About Umoja SJCC

Named for the Kishwahili word meaning “unity,” Umoja is a community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth, and self-actualization of African American and other students.The Umoja Community Program at SJCC envelops students in a supportive atmosphere designed specifically to increase retention, graduation, and transfer rates for students of African ancestry and other underserved populations.  We believe that by honoring student voices, intertwining them with the rich intellectual and cultural traditions of the African and African American diaspora, we lay the foundation for personal, academic, and career leadership.

SJCC's Umoja Community

  • Offers programs that help students to earn certificates and associate degrees and to transfer to four-year colleges, including HBCU's.
  • Has flexible scheduling – day, evening, weekend, and online classes
  • Has a vibrant, diverse student life that includes clubs, sports, musical and theatrical performances, and guest speakers.

The Umoja Program at SJCC offers

  • A supportive community & mentors

  • Classes with Umoja peers and caring instructors

  • Use of the Umoja Lending Library

  • A dedicated Umoja SJCC counselor who helps you create a comprehensive education plan

  • Transfer agreements with UC's and HBCU's

  • Access to Umoja Community Scholarships

  • Cultural workshops, events, and trips

  • Free tutoring and supplemental instruction

  • End-of semester celebrations


All African American, as well as students interested in learning more about the African American Culture, may participate in all aspects of the Umoja Academic Success Program with the exception of the one year Umoja Learning Community. 

  • The Umoja Learning Community targets African  American students that are eligible for English 92 in the fall semester and Engl 1A in the Spring Semester.           
  • Students must apply for fall enrollment to the Learning Community by contacting the Umoja Counselor.             
  • Students must be willing to register in selected Umoja Learning Community Courses.           
  • All Students must participate in All Cultural Events

How To Get Started

  1. Complete and submit Application for Admission at
  2. Apply for Financial Aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA at
  3. Schedule and take Math and English Assessment Test, Student Center-Room 203 or call (408) 288-3170.
  4. Complete Umoja student profile and BRING IT to your appointment arranged by a counselor. You can obtain the Umoja student profile below:
  5. Schedule an appointment with a Umoja Counselor at (408) 298-2181 ext. 3293.
  6. Take advantage of all Umoja services


Umoja Flyer Fall 2017



Contact Us

Dedrick Griffin 
(408) 298-2181 ext. 3884

Pamela Turner
(408) 298-2181 ext. 3293

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