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Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning 'unity') is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing African American and other students' cultural and educational experiences. We believe that when students' voices and histories are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges, and a foundation is formed for academic success.

You can support Umoja with a tax-deductible contribution to the 

SJCC Bright Futures Fund

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About Umoja

Welcome to the Umoja SJCC, which is dedicated to African American and other students' academic success. 

Learn more about Umoja!


  • Supportive community and mentors
  • Classes with Umoja peers and caring instructors
  • Use of Umoja Lending Library
  • Free tutoring
  • Dedicated SJCC Umoja counselor
  • Cultural workshops, events, and trips
  • Special scholarship access
Program Requirements
  • Meet with an Umoja counselor
  • Enroll in Umoja courses: English 1A, Guidance 130, ETH 020, or Math 63 (unless already taken)
  • Participate in at least two Umoja events, activities, meetings, or trips


Umoja Open House

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 earn certificates and associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges, including HBCUs
  • 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:

  • Mentors and a supportive community
  • Classes with Umoja peers and caring instructors
  • Use of the Umoja Lending Library
  • A dedicated SJCC Umoja Counselor who helps you create a comprehensive education plan
  • Transfer agreements with UCs and HBCUs
  • Access to Umoja Community Scholarships
  • Cultural workshops, events, and trips
  • Free tutoring and supplemental instruction
  • End-of-semester celebrations  
Student Resources
SJCC Umoja Counseling met with these student service resources and had Zoom conversations with:
  • Career Education, Job Placement, and Community Resources
  • Financial Aid
  • EOPS
  • Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
  • SparkPoint
Ask your SJCC Umoja Counselor for more information!


Umoja Application

Drop-in HoursOctober 2021

Social Media

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Dedrick Griffin 
(408) 298-2181 ext. 3884

Meiko Daire

Umoja Counseling Faculty

African-American Student Success Counselor

Student Affairs SLO Coordinator

Guidance and Work Experience Instructor
(408) 341-9126 

SJCC Supporting Page
San Jose City College