Sankofa birdThe Umoja program has 23 participating community colleges in the state of California. The goal is to meet the needs of our diverse college community and ensure success by offering comprehensive retention services.

The De Anza Umoja Program is designed to assist African Ancestry Students in achieving success.

Umoja encourages students to

  • See themselves within a positive historical and cultural context

  • Value the tradition, wisdom, accomplishments, suffering and perseverance of the past.

This also includes seeing other people and ideas with the respect that is due to everyone. Through this philosophy, students can seek wisdom, knowledge and culturally relevant connections to build productive personal and community relationships.

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