Umoja ProgramAbout Umoja

Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a statewide community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of African American and other students. The Umoja Community at Diablo Valley College joined with the statewide community in spring 2013.

The Umoja Community seeks to educate the whole student – body, mind and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, the Umoja Community will deliberately engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought.

African and African American intellectual, cultural, and spiritual gifts inform Umoja Community values and practices. The Umoja Community seeks to nurture knowledge of and pride in these treasures. The learning experience within the Umoja Community will provide each individual the opportunity to add their voice and their story to the collective voices and stories of the African Diaspora.

Students in the Diablo Valley College Umoja Community will study with instructors trained in and committed to Umoja principles. The linked courses provide a structure for our community, with core courses in Counseling, African American focused social science, and community-linked choices for students in English and Mathematics. Strong bonds with mentors, counselors, instructors, and fellow students are an integral part of the Umoja experience.

Umoja Learning Community requirements

The Spring 2022 Umoja Learning Community classes for Cohort 10 (C10) are listed below. Additional requirements will be reviewed by the coordinators during the intake process. For more information, please contact the Umoja Coordinators at UmojaProgram@dvc.edu.

**SPRING 2022 DVC CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED IN-PERSON, ONLINE, AND IN HYBRID FORMAT. SOME ONLINE COURSES WILL HAVE SYNCHRONOUS CLASS MEETINGS, WHICH WILL REQUIRE STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE DURING THE REQUIRED MEETING TIMES. **

To register for spring 2022 in-person classes or to utilize in-person services (beginning January 3, 2022), students must provide proof of vaccination or receive an approved exception by November 1, 2021. Students who do not provide proof of vaccination or receive an approved exception by November 1, 2021, will have a hold placed on their record that will restrict them from registering for in-person classes. Students will not be able to register for in-person classes until they become fully vaccinated or receive an approved exception. For more information, go to https://www.dvc.edu/about/safety/health-advisories/covid-19-safety-faq.html

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Spring 2022 Learning Community Courses and Orientation

Mandatory Umoja classes 

(both classes are required  to be in the Learning Community)

Course Units Days/Time Class Meeting Notes

Socio 120 (6512)
N. Brown

3 units M W, 9:35 - 11 am Mandatory online class meetings Monday and Wednesday, 9:35 - 11:00 am.
Career 110 (6330)
D. Odom
3 units M W, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm Mandatory online class meetings Monday and Wednesday, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm.

Mandatory orientation

Students joining Umoja for Cohort 10 must attend the Orientation (the date, time and log-in information will be provided in advance.)

Optional Spring 2022 Umoja classes

(Students in Umoja may enroll in these classes but are not required to do so; this will be discussed during the counseling intake appointment.)  **ALL CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED ONLINE. SOME COURSES WILL HAVE SYNCHRONOUS CLASS MEETINGS, WHICH WILL REQUIRE STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE DURING THE REQUIRED MEETING TIMES.** Please talk with the Umoja Counselor about the specific classes you plan to take and if you need assistance with technology requirements.

Course Units Days/Time Class Meeting Notes
Biology 117 (6132)
V. Greene
4 units

M, 7:50 - 11:00 am (Lab)
LHS 202
M W, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm (lecture)
LHS 223

Class meets on-campus as scheduled. Fluctuating COVID-19 health guidelines may require changes to physical distancing practices and meeting schedules, including conversion of in-person courses to partially or completely online.

Comm 120 (6094)
K. Whitmore

3 units M W, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm
H 113
Class meets weekly as scheduled. As conditions allow, students will meet on campus for presentations. All other lecture, discussion, and activities will be via Canvas and Zoom. Based on changing COVID-19 guidelines, additional social distancing practices may be implemented, including possible conversion to 100% online.
English 122 (6318)
E. Rogers
3 units

T, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm
LC 116

Partially online course with required meetings Tuesdays 11:10 am - 12:35 pm (on-campus, see room on schedule) with all other instruction provided online through Canvas. Fluctuating COVID-19 health guidelines may require changes to physical distancing practices and meeting schedules, including conversion of in-person courses to partially or completely online.
English 122L (6093)
H. Goen-Salter
5 units T, 9:35 am - 12:05 pm
LC 109
Partially online course with required meetings Tuesdays 9:35 am - 12:05 pm (on-campus, see room on schedule) with all other instruction provided online through Canvas. Fluctuating COVID-19 health guidelines may require changes to physical distancing practices and meeting schedules, including conversion of in-person courses to partially or completely online.
English 123 (6366)
L. Ang
3 units T, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm
LC 101
Partially online course with required meetings Tuesdays 11:10 am - 12:35 pm (on-campus, see room on schedule) with all other instruction provided online through Canvas. Fluctuating COVID-19 health guidelines may require changes to physical distancing practices and meeting schedules, including conversion of in-person courses to partially or completely online.
English 126 (6348)
E. Rogers 
3 units   100% online course. No required online meetings. Instruction will be provided through Canvas.
Humanities 115 (6976)
C. Sciortino
3 units   100% online course. No required class meetings. Instruction will be provided through Canvas.
Math 042 (6645)
J. Carter
1 unit T Th, 2:45 - 3:50 pm
L 149
Class meets weekly as scheduled. Based on changing COVID-19 guidelines, additional social distancing practices may be implemented, including possible conversion to partially or 100% online.

Math 121 (6625)
K. Newton

3 units M W, 12:45 - 2:10 pm
H 106
 
Math 142 (6374)
J. Carter
4 units T Th, 12:45 - 2:45 pm
L 149
Class meets weekly as scheduled. Based on changing COVID-19 guidelines, additional social distancing practices may be implemented, including possible conversion to partially or 100% online.

Please email the Umoja Coordinators at UmojaProgram@dvc.edu if you would like more information or to join the program.

 Contact Umoja 

Email:   UmojaProgram@dvc.edu
Follow us on Instagram:   @DVCUmoja and @DVCPuma 

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