About Us

About our Logo:

The Umoja-SBA logo is derived from two African symbols MAAT and Mate Masie.

Maat or Ma’at was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation

The implied meaning of the phrase “mate masie” is “I understand”. Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said.


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Umoja SBA 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.

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Visions and Goals

Umoja-SBA is a learning community that nurtures intellectual and spiritual growth in a communal space intended to enhance learning that inspires knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

We Strive To:

  • Increase retention and success rates of SCC students.
  • Create sacred spaces for learning, teaching, character development and digital literacy.
  • Enhance educational experiences through introducing historical, cultural and socio-political ideas from an African/African American and Multi-Cultural perspective.
  • Encourage use of multimedia technology to inspire critical thinking, creativity, leadership development and community building.

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