The College of Marin Umoja program is open to all eligible students and is designed specifically to increase the retention, success, graduation, and transfer rates for students of African ancestry.

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.

Benefits of Participating in the Umoja Program

  • Supportive community and helpful peer advisors
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Field trips to colleges and conferences
  • Umoja supported classes
  • Academic counseling
  • Transfer pathways and agreements with over 30 HBCUs
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Cultural activities and workshops
  • Tutoring services

Enrollment Eligibility

All College of Marin students are encouraged to participate.

· Submit student application

· Attend a mandatory orientation session

· Complete a formal interview with an Umoja Team Member

Umoja Learning Community Classes

Our Umoja Program also provides a one-year Learning Community Cohort model (students in the cohort must take two or more linked courses). It is a two-semester sequence of Humanities/English courses, focused on the African and African American Experience, paired with counseling and GE classes.

Umoja Linked Courses — 6 units

HUM 101: Social Justice (3 units) / CRN 83086
Tuesday, Thursday 10:40 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Y Carver

COUN 110 (3 units) / CRN 82636
Tuesday, Thursday 12:40 pm – 2 pm
Instructor: T Stevenson

Umoja Supported Classes:
ENGL 150 (4 units)
Instructors: A Pasquel and B Woodlief


For more information, contact us at:

(415) 457-8811 ext.7026

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or stop by the College of Marin Community Village
Learning Resources Center, LC 136
Kentfield Campus

The Village is a dedicated Umoja space on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, Umoja students are welcome anytime – including the hours shared with the tutoring center.