• Tuesday, August 1, 2017


    Tom de Wit and Dr. Donna Colondres, The Umoja Community, Co-Directors

    (916) 661-6455 and info@umojacommunity.org


    Sacramento, California. July 13, 2017– The Umoja Community is pleased to announce it has received $2.5 million ongoing funding from the California State government. These funds will support the growth and development of the organization.

    The Umoja Community serves as an umbrella organization, which provides programming, curriculum, training, assessment and knowledge sharing to colleges across the state in order to close the achievement gap, especially for historically under resourced students.

    "We’ve been laying the groundwork for this moment for the last decade, and we are poised and enthusiastic for this opportunity.  “This funding will allow us to expand upon the thousands of students and 55 colleges we presently serve in the California Community College system, strengthen relationships with our transfer partner institutions and cultivate Umoja programming with secondary schools across the State of California."

    The enhanced funding is part of state budget investments in the California Community Colleges, and Umoja is thrilled to be afforded this opportunity to continue to play a significant role in the equity work in the college system.

     "For over a decade Umoja Community volunteers have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of community college students. This new support for Umoja will enable the organization to help thousands of students succeed in obtaining college degrees," said Valerie Lynne Shaw, a member of the Community College System's Board of Governors.


    Umoja (A Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experience of African American and other students.

    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 and African American Diasporas. 

  • Sunday, June 19, 2016
    Karlos Carter Joins Umoja Community Education Foundation as statewide Transfer Director.

    Former UC transfer officer brings experience and success supporting disadvantaged college students.

    The Umoja Community Education Foundation announced today the hiring of Karlos Carter as its first full-time Transfer Director. Carter served as K through 12 Transfer Initiative Coordinator for UC Davis’ Transfer Opportunity Program and as coordinator for UCD’s Sacramento Area Transfer Initiative. As Umoja’s Transfer Director, Carter will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of Umoja student recruitment and enrollment plans, and strategies to increase undergraduate transfer enrollment, and student success. He will manage these programs out of Umoja’s offices in Sacramento and report to Acting Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Aldredge.

  • Monday, April 11, 2016
    D’Karla Assagai named Umoja Executive Director

    Seasoned program executive manager brings leadership skills to new, permanent role.

    The Umoja Community Education Foundation announced today the hiring of D’Karla Assagai as the organization’s first permanent Executive Director. Ms. Assagai takes the helm as the Foundation continues to formalize its operations, after being awarded a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) in May, 2015. Ms. Assagai will lead the Foundation’s office and staff and will oversee and direct all operations. She will report to the Foundation’s Governing Board, effective April 11, 2016.

  • Sunday, March 20, 2016
    Umoja Honored with A2MEND Leadership Award

    The Umoja Community Education Foundation was honored with a leadership award at the Annual A2MEND conference held on Thursday, March 3rd at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel. Dr. Teresa Aldredge, Acting Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Umoja Governing Board and thanked Chancellor Brice Harris and the Board of Governors for providing sponsorship funding to support the Umoja Community program mission of student success, persistence and transfer.