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.
The Spring 2020 Umoja Learning Community classes for Cohort 8 (C8) are listed below, as well as the mandatory Orientation/Re-mixer date. Additional requirements will be reviewed by the coordinators during the intake process. For more information, please contact the Umoja Coordinators at UmojaProgram@dvc.edu
(both classes are required to be in the Learning Community)
|Career 110 (6330)||3 units||MW||9:35 - 11 am|
|Sociology 120 (6215)||3 units||MW||11:10 am - 12:35 pm|
Thursday, January 23, 5:30-8 PM
Students joining Umoja for Cohort 8 must attend the Orientation/Re-mixer. (The location will be provided at the intake appointment.)
(Students in Umoja may enroll in these classes but are not required to do so; this will be discussed during the counseling intake appointment)
|English 120 (6214) and English 122 (6364)||5 units||TTH||9:35 am - 12:05 pm|
|English 122 (6318)||3 units||TTH||9:35 - 11 am|
|English 123 (6366)||3 units||TTH||9:35 - 11 am|
|English 123 (6370)||3 units||TTH||12:45-2 pm|
|Math 021 (6001) and 121 (6100)||4 units||TTH||12:45-3:15 pm|
|Math 042 (6002) and 142 (6102)||5 units||TTH||12:45 - 3:50 pm|
|Math 142 (6374)||4 units||TTH||12:45-2:50 pm|
Please email the Umoja Coordinators at UmojaProgram@dvc.edu if you would like more information or to join the program.
Tour seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with other students from the Contra Costa Community College District and other colleges! The tour will be led by Educational Student Tours and will visit Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA); Dillard University, Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA); Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL); Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA); Clark-Atlanta University, Spelman or Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA). Students from DVC will be accompanied by a DVC employee chaperone.
Included are round-trip airfare from Oakland International Airport to New Orleans,
LA and from Atlanta, GA to Oakland; five nights of hotel accommodations; bus transportation;
round-the-clock tour director, and meals. Not included is your transportation to and
from Oakland International Airport, gratuity for the bus driver, souvenirs, snacks,
charges made for room service, toll calls, mini-bar/fridge, movies, Wi-Fi, etc., at
To be eligible to apply to participate in this unique opportunity, students must:
The application and selection timelines are as follows:
January 14th, 2020 (9:00 am): Applications due
January 15th & 16th, 2020: Interviews of applicants at DVC (location/interview time will be emailed January 14th)
January 21st, 2020: Notification emails sent to students selected to participate
January 24th, 2020: Deadline to confirm participation, complete pre-trip survey, and sign financial agreement AND Deadline to cancel participation (in writing to UmojaProgram@dvc.edu)
Pre-Departure Orientation: date to be determined (week of March 16th, 2020)
Participants will be interviewed and selected by the Umoja Co-coordinators.
Questions? Please contact us at UmojaProgram@dvc.edu!