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What is Umoja?

The Umoja program is based on an African-centered philosophy that enables students to see themselves within a positive historical and cultural context. 

Umoja seeks to educate the whole student – body, mind and spirit  through the construction of knowledge and critical thought.

The program was developed to promote transferring and increase academic and personal success. The Umoja program aims to address student needs through supportive services and curriculum that is based on literature from across the African Diaspora.

How to Apply

To apply for Umoja, please click on "Apply Online" and complete the online form on the Umoja Community website.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to enhancing the educational experiences of all students through a curriculum rooted in the African and African American diaspora. Our program is open to all students. 

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Umoja Benefits

Umoja focuses on providing instruction and academic support services while emphasizing the social and cultural dynamics of African Ancestry students at De Anza College, through

  • Integrated instruction and student services
  • Course clustering for program participants
  • Individualized educational planning
  • Personal counseling
  • Peer mentoring
  • Academic tutoring
  • Conference attendance
  • Various academic enrichment workshops
  • Attendance at conferences and cultural events

Umoja Award Winners

Congratulations to these four amazing students, who are recipients of Umoja Awards for 2021-2022!

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Commitment Award

Armani Brumfield-Cruz says Umoja helped him grow and stay focused on his goal to transfer and study physical therapy at San José State.

Samee Rizvi

Excellence Award

Samee Rizvi was accepted to UCLA. He credits Umoja with providing a sense of direction and helping him prepare for transfer.

Miles Thames

Leadership Award

Miles Thames is a first-generation college student studying computer science at San José State University. He says Umoja helped him stay on track through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donesha Veal-Sweeney

SSRS Award

Donesha Veal-Sweeney received the Student Success and Retention Services (SSRS) Award. Umoja "is like your family," she said. "They always reach out to you to make sure you are OK."


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