Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity):
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. The Umoja Community seeks to help students experience themselves as valuable and worthy of an education.
Umoja Community is a California statewide organized community that provides critical resource and student-centered networking opportunities designed to enhance the educational experiences of African American and other students.
Established in 1982, the African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP) Learning Community has assisted students of all ethnicities in identifying their abilities, strengths and talents. The program’s mission is to aid, support, and encourage students to fulfill their academic goals towards completing an Associate’s degree or vocational certificate, and transferring to a four-year institution.