Tembo Leaders: An African American Men’s Collective

black male studentsWe know you can become an extraordinary leader. That’s why Diablo Valley College offers an initiative just for you—Tembo Leaders, a program dedicated to African American men.

Tembo utilizes the latest research in Black male academic success and student support services to provide men with the tools they need to thrive. In community with other African American men, Tembo provides you with a supportive environment to further develop your academic success and your leadership skills. Together we'll work to increase your self-knowledge, grow your confidence, and achieve abundance. Come Join us!

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb

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Tembo* benefits

Self-mastery, or self-knowledge, is exemplified by the Kamitic principle Amen—the conscious ability to maintain equanimity in the face of the greatest of difficulties. With Tembo, you will cultivate these skills as you become a leader of self and others.

Rooted in the principle of Ujima—collective work and responsibility—Tembo brings men together to facilitate academic success and professional networking with community leaders and DVC faculty and staff.  

Financial Literacy
Through Tembo, men are provided with the tools to achieve financial liberation and abundance. Tembo utilizes the principle of Ujamaa—cooperative economics—in providing men with the skills to be leaders in personal finance and business.

You are more than a student; you are a man and a valued member of your community. Tembo supports your whole being—emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental—and requires that you lead by expanding that which serves you by sharing Tembo with other African American peers and taking your skills into the world. 

*Tembo is a Swahili word that means elephant. African elephants are keystone species, meaning they play a critical role in their ecosystem. Also known as “ecosystem engineers,” elephants shape their habitat in many ways.


Join us! Simply complete the application form and we will follow up with you within 24-48 hours! For more information, you can also email Douglas Phenix dphenix@dvc.edu or Matthew Powell mpowell@dvc.edu.