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 ApplyTo apply for Umoja, please click on "Apply Online" and complete the online form on the Umoja Community website.
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 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
Meet the Umoja Award Winners
Congratulations to these four amazing students, who are recipients of Umoja Awards for 2020-2021!
Saron Gebremedhin moved to the United States from Ethiopia as a young child. “I am a first-generation college student, pursuing a degree in Business Analytics,” she said. “My favorite hobbies include painting and playing tennis.”
Justice Merriman is transferring to the University of California, Irvine and will major in Sociology. “I hope to work with students and families in the future," she said. "I enjoy connecting with nature, laughing with family, reading, artwork and creative writing.”
Abriana Holliday is graduating with two degrees: one in Law Enforcement and one in Liberal Arts. "I have a love for the creative and aspirational," she said, "and I hope to incorporate these sentiments into the passions I pursue onward.”
Falicity Mitchell plans to transfer to California State University, Dominguez Hills and wants to become a psychologist for preteens to young adults. "When I have some free time," she said, "I enjoy singing, camping with my loved ones and reading.”