About Umoja

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Umoja is a Kiswahili word meaning unity. The Umoja program is an academic learning community and resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American students and others. Umoja advances academic excellence, community building, and student leadership as its program goals.

Students will enroll in a yearlong program, where they will take linked classes by Umoja trained professors. Other program participants may not be enrolled in Umoja cohort classes but will participate in program activities and utilized services sponsored by the program. The Umoja community will allow for strong bonds to be developed by students, professors, mentors, and counselors.

Program Criteria

  • Students must complete a Umoja application to become affiliated with the program.

Once accepted into the program, a Umoja student is identified as an incoming, returning, and continuing Pierce student that meets the following criteria:

  • Is enrolled in the current academic term
  • Has attended at least one counseling appointment (each semester) with a Umoja counselor
  • Is enrolled in or has been enrolled in a Umoja learning community course or Umoja-friendly course(s)
  • Has utilized Umoja-sponsored resources or academic support services (e.g. Umoja tutoring, laptop loan, calculator loan, lending library, Umoja Village).
  • Is participating or has participated in at least two of the following educational/cultural activities (e.g. Umoja Kickoff, Umoja events, workshops, leadership activities, Umoja club; or HBCU, UC, CSU, and other college tours).
  • Demonstrates a commitment to academic success by maintaining a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year.
  • Demonstrates attitudes and behaviors that promote Black excellence.

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Program Services

  • Counseling: Academic, Career, and Personal
  • Learning Communities
  • Local Field Trips to University of California and California State Universities
  • Trip to Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Cultural Events
  • Mentoring
  • Textbook Assistance
  • Guest Speakers
  • Tutoring
  • Laptop Loan
  • Lending Library
  • Food Pantry
  • Student Success Workshops

Learning Community Classes

Summer 2021

Counseling 40: College Success Seminar
Communication 101: Public Speaking

Fall 2021

English 101: College Reading and Composition
History 42: African American History in the United States
Math 227: Statistics

Spring 2022

Communication 101: Public Speaking
Sociology 11: Race and Ethnic Relations
English 102: College Reading and Composition II

Contact Us

Office Hours and Location

Umoja Office
Library & Learning Crossroads
LLC 5105


Phone: (818) 710-2566

Umoja Village
Library & Learning Crossroads
LLC 5113

Hours of Operation
Mondays and Thursdays: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesdays and Wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Fridays: 8:00AM - 1:00PM
Saturdays to Sundays: Closed

Apply to the Umoja Program
Complete Umoja application here

Email: @email
Instagram: @umojapiercecollege