Umoja at College of San Mateo - Overview
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CSM Umoja is a learning community, transfer support program that focuses on the African American experience through the study of culture, history, literature, and identity.

Umoja, (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource designed to enhance the educational experiences of African American and other students. The program pairs English and ethnic studies in a two-semester program.

In the fall, students eligible for ENGL 838 or 848 register for ENGL 838 and ETHN 105. In spring, students continue with ENGL 105 and ETHN 288.

Students are required to enroll in the English and ethnic studies classes concurrently each semester as well as attend out of class field trips and activities as members of the Umoja community.

CSM's Umoja is designed for students who:
  • Are motivated to complete a certificate, associate's degree, or transfer to a four-year college or university
  • Are interested in African and African-American literature, history, and culture

Please complete the online Umoja Application if you are interested in joining the program.
Contact Us

Frederick Gaines
Umoja Co-coordinator
(650) 574-6183
Jeramy Wallace
Umoja Co-coordinator
(650) 574-6355
Jesenia Diaz
Umoja Counselor
(650) 574-6159
Upcoming Events

  • Umoja Club MeetingTue Oct 6, 2015 1:30 pm - 2:30 pmCSM North Hall Building 18, Room 112, Puente/Umoja Village
  • Umoja XI ConferenceNovember 6-7Fri Nov 6, 2015 7:30 am - 5:00 pmOakland City Center Marriott