Umoja Community

Celebrates Community, Culture, and Success

What is Umoja Community ?

Umoja is a community of students 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

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Dona Phan
Program Coordinator ,
English Faculty
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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.

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

  • 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 English, Career & Guidance courses

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

  • attend cultural events and field trips

  • Participate with Amplify Student Voices; Podcast


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

Umoja Club Advisor

Nikia Chaney, Faculty Lead Instructor

Dona Phan, Counselor

Alta Norhtcutt, Director

Umoja Administrator

Amy Lehman-Sexton, VP Student Services


Enhance your student experience by participating in the Umoja Club

Joining the Umoja Club is an easy way to enhance your college experience while building long lasting networks and community.

The Umoja Community has two ways that you can join! You can be a Umoja Scholar or a Umoja Club Member.

Thursdays 11-12:30PM Room 320

Benefits of joining the Umoja Club

· Deeper understanding of African American culture and experiences

· Opportunities to attend Umoja-sponsored conferences and events

· Community Service Opportunities

· Access to Umoja Community scholarships

· Increased self-confidence

· Positive relationships with other Umoja Community peers

· Dedicated Umoja Counselor

· College Field Trips (CSU, UC, HBCU, etc.)

· Cultural Activities and Workshops