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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:

All SSRS programs begin in the summer with program specific orientations and our Summer Bridge experience.

We will begin accepting applications to our programs in May.

If you are interested in joining any of our SSRS programs, please complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to De Anza College
  2. Make sure the Assessment Office has your high school transcript, in order to determine your English placement.
  3. Complete the SSRS online interest form.
  4. Attend orientation for the college or a specific program in July.
  5. Attend Summer Bridge in late August.

Student and Faculty Stories

We highlighted several De Anza students and faculty members as part of Black Student Success Week in 2023. 

Jessica Bryant

Lydia Dessu

Paulo Newsome

Rhema Sosimi

Jade Stevens

Read about these amazing individuals on our Umoja Stories webpage.

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


Maurice Canyon

Maurice Canyon


Visit Us on the Web

Office Location

LCW 102
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Support Umoja

You can make a donation to support Umoja programs for students by using this link to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation's donation website. (The online form is already filled in to designate your gift for "DAUmoja")

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