Learning Communities


The College of Marin First Generation Scholars (FGS) program is open to all eligible students and is designed to empower, support, and create a strong community for our First-Generation college student population.  FGS focuses on increasing the success, graduation, and transfer rates for our First-Generation college students.

First-Generation college students are individuals whose parents do not hold a college degree from a college in the United States.

For more information, contact FGS Counselors:

Caitlin Escobar, (415) 485-9309

Visit First Generation Scholars (FGS) web site

Puente student


The Puente Project, a national award-winning program, for 30 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California's students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. The English course will provide reading and writing assignments related to Latino issues and authors. The Counseling course and counselor will help prepare you for transfer. Also, you will be assigned a mentor for additional support and as a great resource for educational success.

For more information, contact:

Puente Counselor: Luz Briceño-Moreno, (415) 485-9666

Puente English Instructor: Cara Kreit, (415) 485-9736

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Umoja, (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success.

Umoja is a community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth, and self-actualization of African American and other students. 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.

For more information, email us at umojaprogram@marin.edu 
or stop by the COM Counseling Department or the EOPS office
Learning Resources Center, LC 160, Kentfield Campus

Visit COM UMOJA web site