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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 register for ENGL 105, Intensive Composition, and ETHN 105, African American History and Culture. In spring, students continue with English 110, Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking, and ETHN 288, African American Cinema. The Umoja Community also offers COUN 120, College and Career Success, in the fall.

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 Ethnic Studies Professor
(650) 574-6183  
Rene Anderson
Umoja English Professor

(650) 574-6683   
Robbie Baden
Umoja Coordinator
(650) 574-6855

Roniqua Greene
Umoja Counselor
(650) 378-7262
North Hall Building 18
Room 112

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Griselda Paredes
Retention Specialist
(650) 574-6364
Upcoming Events

  • There are no upcoming Umoja events.