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Umoja-UBAKA Mission

Umoja-UBAKA exists to create an affirming atmosphere through a combined learning community and cohort model to increase the success, persistence and retention rates of African American and other students. This learning community-cohort model aims to enhance the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students by explicitly acknowledging and celebrating the African American experience through campus programs, events, and curriculum.

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What is Umoja?

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 actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of African and African American Diasporas.


What are the requirements?

Though Umoja-UBAKA is focused on the African-American experience, any student is eligible to apply agrees to following commitments:

  • Enroll in the Umoja-UBAKA classes until the completion of certificate or transfer-level courses.
  • Meet with Umoja-UBAKA Counselor at least 3 times each semester.
  • Participate in Umoja-UBAKA tutoring sessions.
  • Utilize all relevant sources at Laney College (Financial Aid, EOPS, CARE, etc., as applicable)
  • Keep current contact information on file.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA while striving for a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Attend at least one college tour per year (as applicable).
  • Participate actively in at least 3 Umoja-UBAKA activities per semester (workshops, events, etc.)
  • Be my brother’s or sister’s keeper by maintaining contact with a fellow Umoja-UBAKA student.
  • Let instructors, counselors, and Umoja-UBAKA staff know of challenges you are facing.

How do I join Umoja-UBAKA?

There are many benefits to participating in a culturally-responsive learning environment. Here are few benefits, specific to our program:

  • Counseling & advising support
  • Tutoring support
  • Access to technology
  • Transportation vouchers
  • Connection to other students participating in events
  • Mentoring
  • Field trips

How do I join Umoja-UBAKA?

Umoja-UBAKA will launch a new community cohort in Fall 2017. To apply for the program, complete the application here.

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