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Mission Umoja

All Mission College students are welcome, regardless of background.

If you are interested in joining the Umoja Community program, fill out our Student Interest Form.

Empowering and Motivating

The Umoja Community empowers and motivates African American students (and other students from disproportionately impacted populations) to excel in academics.

Programming includes community engagement, cultural empowerment, culturally responsive pedagogy, and self-love.


The statewide Umoja Community includes over 50 California community colleges.

There are hundreds of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth, and self-actualization of African American and other students.

Fall 2022 Umoja Cohort Classes

Umoja students - three young women in face masks outside.

Take either class or both! All students are welcome.

If you enroll in both courses listed below, you will be eligible to receive $200.00 book voucher from Barnes & Noble.

Explore the African and African American experience in the United States through a curriculum responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas. 

An emphasis is placed on UMOJA Community principles.

Fall 2022 Umoja Cohort Courses (August 29, 2022 - December 15, 2022)
Course Time/s Units Instructor

Counseling 005, Strategies for Success 

CRN: 71328

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:40 p.m. - 1:55 p.m., In-Person
Instruction for this course is delivered entirely in-person.
3 units Roshawn Walter (UMOJA Counseling Faculty)

English 001AX, English Composition and Literature 

CRN: 33952

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:40 p.m. - 3:05 p.m., In-Person
Instruction for this course is delivered entirely in-person.
5 units Monica Sain (UMOJA English Faculty)
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Program Requirements
  • Meet with Umoja Counselor twice each semester.
  • Attend a minimum of three Umoja events/program activities each semester.

(Receive $100 Book Store Voucher each semester for meeting program requirements)

Program Recommendations
  • Be open to transferring to a four-year university. 
  • Participate in all Umoja Community program activities/events each semester.
  • Enroll in the Umoja-focused English & Counseling Cohort Courses each semester. 

(Receive $200 Book Store Voucher each semester for enrolling in Umoja Cohort course/s)

Benefits of Program

The Mission College Umoja Community (MCUC) empowers and motivates African American students, and other disproportionately impacted student populations, to excel in academics through community engagement, cultural empowerment, and self-love. 

  • Dedicated Umoja Counselor
  • Dedicated Umoja English Professor
  • Umoja Community Courses
  • College Field Trips (CSU, UC, HBCU, etc.)
  • Book Store Vouchers 
  • UMOJA Scholar scholarship
  • Cultural Activities and Workshops
  • Umoja Student Club and Organization
  • Umoja Merchandise
  • Leadership/Employment Opportunities 

Past Speakers and Events

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An event for Black History Month at Mission College. People are seated in a classroom at tables, a projecter shows a slide against a screen on the wall that reads "African American History Month. Umoja Spaker Series: Steregotype Thread with Dr, Claude Steel. Stanford Psychology Professor. Wednesday February 16, 11:30-12:30 p.m. - TAV 130.
Black History Month 2022

Black History Month celebrates, reflects, and draws wisdom from the brilliance of African American leaders both past and present.

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Umoja staff and faculty wear black tshirts with multi-colored letters reading "Umoja" on the front. They sit outside the Student Engagement Center on the MIssion College campus in Santa Clara, California.
Umoja Community Photos Fall 2021

Fall 2021 pictures of the Umoja community on the Mission College campus. Includes programming and event photos.

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woman dancing

Every December, we celebrate Kwanzaa on campus.

Angela Davis at a podium as she delivers a speech for students.
Dr. Angela Davis

Dr. Angela Davis, political activist, philosopher, academic, and author.

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Dr. Cornel West poses with three students after delivering talk.
Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West visited campus to give speech and meet our students.

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A young male student in a leather jackt and glasses holds a microphone as he asks a question at a literary event on Mission College campus.
Writer Donnelle McGee

Instructor and author Donnelle McGee speak on campus.

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American writer, feminist, and activist Rebecca Walker visits Mission.
Rebecca West

New York Times best selling author Rebecca Walker speaks.

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Group of Black students post together on an HBCU tour.

Students take tours of historically black colleges and universities.

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