Umoja Community

Umoja Community About Us
Umoja Video

Our Mission

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.

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 the African and African American Diasporas

The organizing principles of our community

  • We share a name with a core set of pedagogies and promising practices.
  • We support the academic success of all students.
  • We support the persistence and retention of all students toward defined educational goals: transfer, certificate, associate degree.
  • We integrate both instructional and student services.
  • We integrate direct instruction of information and technology literacy.
  • We integrate sound assessment strategies and a set of core benchmark measures.
  • We recruit and train students, staff and faculty through seminars, conferences, and other professional development.
  • We facilitate the sharing of resources: financial, curriculum, methodologies and pedagogies.

UMOJA Community Portal

Our website contains more information about the UMOJA program as well as a calendar of upcoming UMOJA events at MJC and our affiliate programs around the state.


Interim Coordinator/Counselor/instructor:
Eric Anthony Ivory
Location: RISE UP Multicultural Center-Founders Hall 118 & Student Services Building 236

Student Success Specialist:
Glen Stovall
Phone: 209.575.7756
Location RISE UP Multicultural Center- Founders 118