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Join Umoja and Fight for The Right Every Student Should Have:
Fair and Equal Access to Education. Here's the process to become an affiliated Umoja Community program.

Getting Started!

Here are a few important steps to take
before you start the process of becoming an affiliate member.

build the team

Develop a plan for addressing the identified program needs which could include a team of Students, Faculty, Classified, Administrators and services/programs supporting Umoja student success.


identify your program needs

Identify specific program needs. Partner with the Institutional Research department on your campus to collect data (i.e., retention, GPA’s, and success rates for African American students). Develop a plan for addressing the identified program needs.


develop your program

Identify and access resources necessary to develop the Umoja Community program (i.e., program coordinator, counselor, instructors, and identified space to create a village for students). Utilize the Umoja Community Executive Summary as a guide and model.


spread the word

The success of your program is subject to how well your team draws students into participation. Develop a Marketing plan (i.e., website, brochures, application, interest cards, etc.) to adequately inform and showcase the Umoja Community program.


If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

~ African proverb


in California Community Colleges

The Umoja Community serves educationally and economically under-resourced students, believing that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, students develop self-efficacy and a foundation for academic success. Umoja actively promotes student success for all students, with an emphasis on African American student success, through culturally responsive curriculum and practices. Chancellors and college presidents from across the state support and advise the Umoja Governing Board.

Professional Development, Core Academic Programming, and Integrated Student Services

The Umoja Community provides “transformative” professional development to faculty, staff, students, and administrators. Each year, we host a summer learning institute, statewide conference, and regional symposia. Further, we support colleges in the following: a “readiness process” to identify when they are institutionally prepared to affiliate with Umoja, a subsequent pilot year including site visits and assessment, as well as ongoing training for all Umoja coordinators and area faculty. Along with signing an MOU, colleges must agree to maintain the core components of the Umoja Community to be an affiliated program. The core components include: participation in the full matriculation process, now mandated by the SSSP; designing an academic pathway, usually a learning community, which accelerates student progress to transferdirected status; and providing intrusive and wrap-around support services.


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Becoming an Affiliate


Our starter packet includes all the important information to bring the Umoja community to your institution.

  • Core Requirements
  • List of Benefits
  • Member Definitions
  • Steps to Take
  • Writing Your "Letter of Intent"


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