History

The Statewide Umoja Community is a grassroots organization of faculty and administrators within the California Community College system who are concerned about African American student achievement. The Umoja movement began at the Umoja I Conference at Diablo Valley College in 2006. The Umoja Community believes that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, students develop self-efficacy and a foundation for academic success. Umoja actively promotes student success for all students, with an emphasis on African American student success, through culturally responsive curriculum and practices. Chancellors and college presidents from across the community colleges act as a consortium to advise the Umoja Governing Board on program implementation.