About 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.

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Umoja Learning Community requirements

The Fall 2024 Umoja Learning Community classes for Cohort 13 (C13) are listed below. Additional requirements will be reviewed by the coordinators during the intake process. For more information, please contact the Umoja Coordinators at DVCUmoja@dvc.edu.

Umoja core classes are in person and will have required in-person field trips and on-campus activities. Dates/times will be announced in advance. Fall 2024 Umojafied courses will be offered in-person, online, and in hybrid formats. Some online courses will have synchronous class meetings, which will require students to participate during the required meeting times.

Beginning January 2, 2023, any student can access any campus facility regardless of their vaccination. Students with approved medical or religious exemptions no longer need to test on a weekly basis in order to come to campus. Students registering for Fall 2024 classes are not required to submit proof of vaccination or apply for an exception in order to enroll in in-person classes. For more information, go to https://www.dvc.edu/about/safety/health-advisories/covid-19-safety-faq.html

If you are interested in being a considered for Fall 2024, please fill out the interest form with your contact information to receive email updates and more information.

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Fall 2024 Learning Community Courses and Orientation

Mandatory Umoja class

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

Course Units Days/Time Class Meeting Notes

PSYCH 122 (5037)
C. McNeil

3 units

M W,  9:35 am - 11:00am

LA 120

Note: This section is a required part of the second semester of DVC's Umoja Learning Community. Students must enroll in COUNS-120-6360, as well as participate in other ON CAMPUS program activities.

COUNS 120 (6360)

 

3 units

M W 11:10 - 12:35PM

LA  214

Note: This section is a required part of the second semester of DVC's Umoja Learning Community. Students must enroll in PSYCH 122-5037, as well as participate in other ON CAMPUS program

Mandatory Orientation

Students joining Umoja for Cohort 13 must attend the Orientation (the date, time and log-in information will be provided in advance).

Optional Fall 2024 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.)  **SOME 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
COMM 120 (6189)
R. Hawkins
3 units

M W, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm 
H 111

Note: Class meets weekly as scheduled. 

ENGL 122L (6270)
H. Goen-Salter
5 units

T, 9:35 am - 11:00 am

LA 213

Note: Partially online course with required meetings Tuesdays 9:35-11:00AM with all other instruction provided online.
ENGL 123 (6250)
R. Clapper
3 units

T 12:45 pm - 2:10 pm

LA 211

Note: Partially online course with required meetings Tuesdays, 12:45-2:10 PM with all other instruction provided online.
ENGL 126 (6101)
H. Goen-Salter
3 units   Note: 100% online course - no required online meetings.
HUMAN 115 (6058)
C. Sciortino
3 units   Note: 100% online course - no required online meetings. 

Contact Umoja 

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

Office Hours

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Fall 2024 - 5/20-6/7/24 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  9:00 am - 3:00 pm CLOSED
Fall 2024 - 6/10-8/2/24   9:00 am - 4:00 pm   9:00 am - 4:00 pm   9:00 am - 4:00 pm  9:00 am - 4:00 pm CLOSED