Umoja Learning Community

Celebrating Black History Month

Forgotten Genius - The grandson of Alabama slaves, Percy Julian overcame every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America, to become one of the great scientists of the 20th century.

CORA (Center for Organizational Research and Education) is a professional educational organization focused on key issues facing historically underrepresented and underserved students, including racial micro aggressions, unconscious bias, micro insults, and others.

Black History Month is more than just a reflection on the past. It’s also about celebrating the present (and the future) of Black culture. Eventbrite is putting a spotlight on virtual events that will showcase Black excellence in its many forms: food, film, comedy, music, literature, and more. These are events that energize, educate, and entertain — all while honoring and celebrating Black culture.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture invites you to engage with digital resources to preserve, digitize and share African American history and culture.

BlackPast is dedicated to providing reliable and accurate information on African American history and the history of more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world.

Santa Ana College is hosting a month of virtual celebrations featuring guest speakers, workshops and film discussions. 

In celebration of Black History Month, PBS is thrilled to share a host of documentaries and digital shorts that highlight the richness of the Black experience in American history. You may also visit 28 Days of Black History to view a virtual exhibition of 28 works that celebrate Black legacy in the United States. 


Umoja Offers Support to Help You Succeed and Graduate

Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. It is a family that helps its members navigate the college environment and become successful in education.

Sierra's Umoja Learning Community is open to all students but specifically designed to increase the retention and success rates as well as the graduatin and transfer rates of African ancestry students.

We believe when the voices and histories of students are recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy, or self-belief, emerges. This is a foundation for academic success.

Enrollment Eligibility

  1. Fill out and turn in the Umoja Application.
  2. Complete the introduction interview with program faculty.

Our Mission

The Umoja Community seeks to:

  • Educate the whole student: body, mind and spirit
  • Engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought
  • Help students experience themselves as valuable and worthy of an education
  • Provide the opportunity for students to add their story to the collective stories of the African Diaspora
  • Improve reading, writing, self-discipline, and critical thinking skills

Program faculty also provide assistance with the personal issues that often hinder African American students.

Benefits of Participating in Umoja

As a part of the Umoja family, you will benefit from:

  • A strong support system and personal attention by counselors and instructors
  • Integrated instruction from caring faculty
  • Peer tutoring and supplemental instruction tutoring
  • Motivational and cultural workshops
  • Campus tours
  • Mentorship with campus faculty, staff, and community members
  • Participation in the Umoja Community statewide events

Learning Community Classes

The Umoja program provides specialized learning programs designed to help students gain a solid foundation to succeed in college.

Fall Semester

  • Personal Development 1: College and Life Success (3 units)
  • English 1A and S: College Reading, Writing and Research (6 units)
  • Skill Development 10: How to Be a Successful Online Student (1 unit)
  • SSCI 20: African–American Culture & Experience (3 units)

Spring Semester

  • Personal Development 6: Career and Life Success (3 units)
  • English 1B: Critical Thinking: Writing About Literature (3 units) or
    English 1C: Critical Thinking: Writing Across Curriculum (3 units)
  • Social Science 50: Ethnic Images in Film (3 units)


Contact Umoja Learning Community

Rocklin Campus L building