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 2022 Umoja Learning Community classes for Cohort 11 (C11) 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.

Fall 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. Umoja core classes will have required in-person field drips and on-campus activities. Dates/times will be announced in advance.

To register for fall 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. Students who do not provide proof of vaccination or receive an approved exception, 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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Fall 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

Couns 120 (6360)
E. Handy

3 units MW, 11:10 am - 12:35 pm

Note: This section is a required part of the first semester of DVC's Umoja Learning Community. Students must enroll in both COUNS-120-6360 and PSYCH-122-6145, as well as participate in other ON CAMPUS program activities.

Note: 100% Online course. Meets online weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:10 am-12:35 pm for live lecture. Access to a computer with audio and video capability is required. There will be required on campus meetings/field trips; advanced notice of the dates/times will be given. For more information, please visit www.dvc.edu/umoja or email UmojaProgram@dvc.edu

Psych 122 (6145)
C. McNeil

3 units MW, 9:35 am - 11 am Note: This section is a required part of the first semester of DVC's Umoja Learning Community. Students must enroll in both PSYCH-122-6145 and COUNS-120-6360, as well as participate in other ON CAMPUS program activities. Note: 100% Online course. Meets online weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:35-11:00 AM for live lecture. All instruction will be provided via the internet through the college learning management system CANVAS and Zoom software. Access to a computer with audio and video capability is required. There will be required on campus meetings/field trips; advanced notice of the dates/times will be given. For more information, please visit www.dvc.edu/umoja or email UmojaProgram@dvc.edu.

Mandatory orientation

Students joining Umoja for Cohort 11 must attend the Orientation (the date, time and log-in information will be provided in advance.)

Optional Fall 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 (6497)
V. Greene
4 units

MW, 9:35 am - 11:00 am (Lecture)
LHS 223

11:10 am - 2:20 pm (Lab)
LHS 223

This class meets weekly, in person as scheduled. Based on changing COVID-19 guidelines, additional social distancing practices may be implemented, including possible conversion to partially or 100% online.

Comm 120 (6245)
K. Whitmore

3 units MW, 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. Access to a computer with audio and video capability is required. Based on changing COVID-19 guidelines, additional social distancing practices may be implemented, including possible conversion to 100% online.
ECE 124 (9193)
M. Ebesugawa
3 units

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

Note: 100% online course. All instruction will be online using Canvas. Go to www.dvc.edu/online for course access information.
English 122 (6364)
E. Rogers
3 units   Note: 100% online course - no required online meetings. Instruction will be provided through the college learning management system Canvas and Zoom software. On the course start date, log into Canvas, www.dvc.edu/online to begin.
English 122L (6270)
H. Goen-Salter
5 units T, 9:35 am - 12:05 pm
Room TBD
Note: Partially online course with required meetings Tuesdays, 9:35-12:05PM (on-campus, see room on schedule) with all other  instruction provided online through the college learning management system Canvas. On the course start date, log into Canvas, www.dvc.edu/online to locate course. 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 (6250)
L. Ang
3 units   Note: 100% online course - no required online meetings. Instruction will be provided through the college learning management system Canvas. On the course start date, log into Canvas, www.dvc.edu/online to begin.
English 126 (6101)
A. Kingsley
3 units   Note: 100% online course - no required online meetings. Instruction will be provided through the college learning management system Canvas. On the course start date, log into Canvas, www.dvc.edu/online to begin.
Humanities 115 (6058)
C. Sciortino
3 units   Note: 100% online course. All instruction will be provided via the internet through the college learning management system CANVAS. Classes you are registered for will appear in Canvas on the first day of class unless published earlier by your instructor. There are no required class meetings. Go to www.dvc.edu/online for course access information.
Math 121 (6654)
B. Raymond
3 units TTh, 12:45 pm - 2:10 pm
LA 107
Note: Section 6654 is linked to MATH-021-6254, a support course for MATH-121 students. Students must enroll in both MATH-021-6254 and MATH-121-6654 in order to be eligible for this section. Note: Test proctoring by software may be a requirement in this course at no cost to students. This class meets in person in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols. If COVID-19 guidelines change, it may be converted to a 100% online class with regular online class meetings via Zoom. Students will be notified of such changes via Insite email if/when a change must be made.

Math 021 (6254)
B. Raymond

1 unit TTh, 2:10 pm - 3:15 pm
LA 107
Note: Section 6254, a support course for MATH-121 students, is linked to MATH-121-6654. Students must enroll in both MATH-021-6254 and MATH-121-6654 in order to be eligible for this section. Note: Test proctoring by software may be a requirement in this course at no cost to students. This class meets in person in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols. If COVID-19 guidelines change, it may be converted to a 100% online class with regular online class meetings via Zoom. Students will be notified of such changes via Insite email if/when a change must be made.
Math 142 (6369)
J. Carter
4 units TTh, 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm
L 142

Note: Section 6369 is linked to MATH-042-6269, a support course for MATH-142 students. Students must enroll in both MATH-142-6369 and MATH-042-6269 in order to be eligible for this section. Note: Test proctoring by software may be a requirement in this course at no cost to students. This class meets in person in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols. If COVID-19 guidelines change, it may be converted to a 100% online class with regular online class meetings via Zoom. Students will be notified of such changes via Insite email if/when a change must be made.

Math 042 (6269)
J. Carter
1 unit TTh, 2:45 pm - 3:50 pm
L 142
 

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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