UMOJA

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

  • Individual counseling sessions
  • Scholarships 
  • Cultural activities/workshops/field trips
  • Individual tutoring sessions
  • Book grants or book loan program
  • Four-year college/university tours
  • Mentoring program
  • Participation in Umoja statewide events

Enrollment Eligibility

  • Placement in English 92/English 92L for fall start or English 120AC for spring start
  • Students who have placed above the English courses or who have completed the courses listed in the Umoja Learning Community may still apply to be in Umoja
  • Submit student application and interview with an Umoja coordinator

Umoja Learning Community Classes

Our Umoja Program is a two year Learning Community model (students must take two or more linked courses). A four semester sequence of English course material focuses on the African and African American experience, and is paired with counseling and GE classes for first year students in the program. First year classes as listed below:

Spring 2017 Courses

SPEECH 120 (CRN 10867)
This is an UMOJA course, with course materials focusing on the African and African American experiences, and is open to all interested students. It is also recommended that you take ENGL 120AC (CRN 11784) and COUN 116 (CRN 12546). Students will be connected to all of the UMOJA Community’s services and activities.

ENGL 120AC (CRN 11784)
This is an UMOJA course, with course materials focusing on the African and African American experiences, and is open to all interested students. Students must enroll in two courses: this ENGL 120AC and COUN 116 (CRN 12546). It is also recommended that you take SPCH 120 (CRN 10867). Students will be connected to all of the UMOJA Community’s services and activities.

COUN 116 (CRN 12546)
This is an UMOJA course, with course materials focusing on the African and African American experiences, and is open to all interested students. Students must enroll in two courses: this COUN 116 and ENGL 120AC (CRN 11784). It is also recommended that you take SPCH 120 (CRN 10867). Students will be connected to all of the UMOJA Community’s services and activities.

Contact

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