We are currently available remotely and online.
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
UMOJA COMMUNITY REQUIREMENTS
- Enroll in Umoja identified courses
- Submit an Umoja application
- Attend an Umoja orientation
- Appointment with an Umoja counselor
- Participation in 3 Umoja activities per semester
Who We Are
The Umoja Community seeks to help students experience themselves as valuable and worthy of an education. The Umoja Community gains meaning through its connection to the African Diaspora. African and African American intellectual, cultural, and spiritual gifts inform Umoja values and practices. The Umoja Community seeks to nurture knowledge of and pride in these treasures. The learning experience within the Umoja Community will provide each individual the opportunity to add their voice and their story to the collective voices and stories of the African Diaspora.
The Umoja Community is more than a program, it is an opportunity. We aim to help increase retention, graduation and transfer rates among African/African American and other scholars. College is more than assignments and grades. We aim to help make higher education a personal experience.
AFFIRMING. INTEGRATED. INTENTIONAL
Umoja counseling is intentional and deliberate. It transcends the school environment and helps to empower students to make positive changes in their lives and the lives of their communities.
We seek out the student, not waiting, immediately exploring what is going on with our students. Seeking out our students and not waiting holds our students close, keeps them in school, believing in themselves, each other and the Umoja program. To do best by our student’s accuracy and wisdom matter. Umoja counseling has no walls, no time clock; dialogue is open and responsive, based in building relationship. There is a communal dimension to Umoja counseling.
Jerel McGiffert, Umoja Coordinator/Counselor
P: (510) 439-1028
Betty Frias, Counselor
P: (510) 920-9210