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 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

Spring 2020 Learning Community courses and orientation/re-mixer

Mandatory Umoja classes 

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

Course Units Days Time
Career 110 (6330) 3 units MW 9:35 - 11 am
Sociology 120 (6215) 3 units MW 11:10 am - 12:35 pm

Mandatory orientation

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.)

Optional Spring 2020 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)

Course Units Days Time
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 if you would like more information or to join the program.

Spring Break 2020 HBCU Tour

March 29 - April 3, 2020

Application Deadline: January 14, 2020 by 9:00 am

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 the hotel.

To be eligible to apply to participate in this unique opportunity, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at Diablo Valley College (fall 2019 and spring 2020) and must remain enrolled through the end of spring 2020;
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application;
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at Diablo Valley College;
  • Have completed 15-59 transferable units at the time of application, and/or an Associate Degree for Transfer by the end of spring 2020;
  • Intend to transfer within the next two academic years (this means your last semester at DVC would be Spring 2022)
  • Be interested in attending an HBCU;
  • Participate in all required meetings during and after the selection process;
  • Agree to all requirements in the application;
  • Sign an excursion waiver, consent/release and medical consent forms, provide copies of their official identification (e.g., valid CADL, Passport, Birth Certificate & ID) for airline ticketing purposes and submit them to the DVC chaperone (tour directors will also receive copies of this information);
  • Complete a pre-trip survey and a post-trip survey;
  • Sign a financial agreement as a condition of participating;
  • Complete and submit the HBCU Tour application by the deadline.

To apply, go to

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
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!

Picture of Students on HBCU Tour