Celebrates Community, Culture, and Success


Umoja is a community of success dedicated to the academic success, personal growth, and self-actualization of Cabrillo College students. Umoja enhances your educational experience by integrating academics, support services, and African-American culture. We aim to educate the whole student as our Umoja family helps you to navigate the college environment and become successful in your educational goals.

Cabrillo's Umoja Learning Community is a program designed to assist African American and other historically underrepresented students. We specifically aim to increase the retention, success, graduation, and transfer rates of African ancestry students.

As a member of the Umoja Community you will receive integrated instruction and student services; course clustering for program participants; individualized educational planning; personal counseling; mentoring; academic tutoring; conference attendance; various academic enrichment workshops

Mission Statement

Umoja, (a Kiswahili word meaning unity)

Umoja is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences 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.

  • enroll in a minimum of three (3) units each semester

  • complete the Umoja Mutual Responsibility Contract

  • attend an Umoja Program orientation and end of the academic year event

  • meet a minimum of two times a semester with an Umoja counselor

  • enroll in Personal Development, Ethnic Studies, Math, and English courses

  • attend a minimum of two (2) Umoja activities each semester

  • attend cultural events and field trips


Umoja is the preeminent global educational organization that provides transformative, emancipatory education to uplift and inspire academic excellence of self-actualization for students of African descent.

Ariba Alston-Williams, Umoja Coordinator


Nikia Chaney, Faculty Lead Instructor


Stephanie, Counselor


Umoja Administrator

Amy Lehman-Sexton, VP Student Services