Umoja Academic Success Program
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.
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.
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.
Umoja Flyer Fall 2017
Dedrick Griffin Coordinator/InstructorDedrick.Griffin@sjcc.edu (408) 298-2181 ext. 3884
Pamela Turner Counselor/InstructorPamela.Turner@sjcc.edu(408) 298-2181 ext. 3293