​​​ Umoja Academic Success Program

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


  • Supportive community and mentors
  • Classes with Umoja peers and caring instructors
  • Use of Umoja Lending Library
  • Free tutoring
  • Dedicated SJCC counselor
  • Cultural workshops, events, and trips
  • Special scholarship access
Program Requirements
  • Meet with a 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 to earn certificates and associate degrees and to 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:

  • 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 celebrationsStudent 
Student Resources
UMOJA Counseling met with these student service resources and had Zoom conversations with:


Umoja Application

drop-in hoursNovember 2020

December 2020


Umoja SJCC on Facebook

Umoja SJCC on Instagram

EventsUmoja Calendar Fall 2020


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