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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.


Our Mission

Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is based on an African-centered philosophy that enables students to see themselves within a positive historical and cultural context. We are dedicated to enhancing the educational experiences of all students through a curriculum rooted in the African and African American diaspora. Open to all students. 


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Umoja Benefits

  • 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 focuses on providing instruction, and academic/ retention support services while emphasizing the social, and cultural dynamics of African Ancestry students at De Anza College.

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Alicia Cortez

Dean, Equity and Engagement

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