​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.


Our Goal

To ensure and increase students' retention and persistence through graduation and the transfer process.


Program Services


  • Priority Registration              
  • Counseling, Individual and Group (Academic, Career and Personal)               
  • Learning Communities
  • Trips to Universities               
  • Cultural Events
  • Leadership Opportunities

Umoja Learning Community Courses


  • Ethnic Studies 20-African American Culture 
  • English 92/1AWriting               
  • Reading 101
  • Guidance130-College Success

Recommended Courses

  • Math 311               
  • Math 11A



All African-American and underrepresented students 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 eligible for English 92 in the fall semester.           
  • Students must apply forfall enrollment to the Learning Community.             
  • Students must be full-time (12 or more units) and willing to register in selected Umoja Learning Community Courses.           
  • All Students must participate in Cultural Events.


How To Get Started


  1. Complete and submit Application for Admission at or in person at Admissions and Records.

  2. Apply for Financial Aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA

  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 program specialist. You can obtain the Umoja application here.

  5. Schedule an appointment to see a Umoja Counselor at (408) 298-2181 ext. 3293.

  6. Take advantage of all Umoja services

​Contact Us

Dr. Khalid White, Faculty

Pamela Turner, Counselor

(408) 298-2181 ext. 3293.

SJCC Supporting Page
San Jose City College