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 Fall 2021 Umoja Learning Community classes for Cohort 10 (C10) are listed below; there will be a mandatory Orientation (date, time and location will be provided in advance). Additional requirements will be reviewed by the coordinators during the intake process. For more information, please contact the Umoja Coordinators at UmojaProgram@dvc.edu.

**ALL FALL 2021 DVC CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED ONLINE. SOME COURSES WILL HAVE SYNCHRONOUS CLASS MEETINGS, WHICH WILL REQUIRE STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE DURING THE REQUIRED MEETING TIMES.**

To apply for the Umoja Learning Community for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, please complete the Umoja Student Interest Form (also displayed at the bottom of this page).

Fall 2021 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

Psych 122 (6145)
C. McNeil

3 units MW, 9:35-11 am Mandatory class meetings Monday and Wednesday, 9:35-11:00 am.
Couns 120 (6360)
E. Handy
3 units MW, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm Mandatory 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 Fall 2021 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 (6497)
V. Greene
4 units

M W
9:35AM - 11:00AM
OFF
ONLINE
M
12:45PM - 3:55PM
LHS
202

 

Comm 120 (6245)
K. Whitmore

3 units M W
11:10AM - 12:35PM
LA
121
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. 
ECE 124 (9193)
M. Ebesugawa
3 units Online 100% online course. All instruction will be online using Canvas. 
English 122 (6364)
E. Rogers
3 units Online Online course. All instruction will be online. 
English 122L (6270)
M. Hansen
5 units (3 units are transferrable) T Th
11:10AM - 1:40PM
MA
101
100% face-to-face course. All instruction will be in person. Class will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:10am-1:40pm. Based on changing COVID-19 guidelines, additional social distancing practices may be implemented, including possible conversion to 100% online.
English 123 (6250)
L. Ang
3 units Online Online course. All instruction will be online. 
English 126 (6101)
A. Kingsley 
3 units TTh, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm  

Math 121 (6554)
P. Willett

3 units TTH 12:45 - 3:50 pm This is a 100% online course. All instruction will be provided via the internet through the college learning management system CANVAS and Zoom software. Classes you are registered for will appear in Canvas on the first day of class unless published earlier by your instructor. Links to Zoom meetings will be in your Canvas course. In addition to online instruction, this class has required online weekly meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45-1:45pm for live lecture.
Math 142 (6369)
J. Carter
4 units TTh, 12:45 - 3:50 pm This is a 100% online course. All instruction will be provided via the internet through the college learning management system CANVAS and Zoom software. Classes you are registered for will appear in Canvas on the first day of class unless published earlier by your instructor. Links to Zoom meetings will be in your Canvas course. In addition to online instruction, this class has required online weekly meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45-2:00pm for live lecture. Access to a computer with a webcam and a microphone is required.

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
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