Southwestern College

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What is UMOJA?

Umoja is a year-long learning community that focuses on university transfer and the African American experience. A learning community is a link of two or more classes that assist you with your college and transfer success. This is a ONE YEAR Commitment! The two linked classes for fall semester are English 115 paired with Personal Development 100. Followed up with English 116 paired with Personal Development 114 during the spring semester.

UMOJA Welcomes Everyone 

UMOJA is open to all students and is designed to assist students to learn college and life skills. This will prepare our scholars for transfer success!

Benefits to Students

 Make lifelong friends

 Learn in a supportive

 Are recognized
as leaders and scholars

 Visit college campuses

 Succeed academically

 Gain appreciation for one’s cultural identity

 Explore issues minority students face in college

 Explore and learn more about the African-American experience

 Priority Counseling

 Participate in culturally-enriching activities

 Make university contacts

 Learn strategies for success in college and in life

 Priority Registration

 Caring Scholars and Professors

 Create a successful transfer plan

 Become part of the college community

UMOJA Mission Statement

Our mission is to increase the number of African-American students transferring to four-year colleges and universities! We thrive to assist Umoja Scholars to gain a better understanding of their identity in order to foster a stronger sense of navigating through higher education in the pursuit of college transfer achievement and lifelong success! 

Student Empowerment

The Umoja Community fosters civic engagement so that all participants, students and educators alike, integrate learning and service. (add umoja club social justice, conferences)

Culturally Responsive Practices

We provide support and resources to help educators and counselors guide their students from A to Z.

Transfer Readiness

Umoja community programs have demonstrated their effectiveness in improving the retention and success of African American students. Umoja students embark on multiple transfer tours such as the Historically Black College Tour, campus trips to UCLA, UCSD, UC Riverside and other Umoja affiliated campus trips.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I take one of the two classes only?  (No. You must be enrolled in both courses)

2. Are these classes transferrable?  (Yes. All coursework are UC and CSU transfer credits.)

3. Are there any prerequisites?  (Yes. English 116 requires English 115 and reading proficiency or a passing grade in Reading 158.) 

UMOJA Events

1. Beginning of the Semester Retreat
2. College Visits: SDSU, UCSD and USD
3. Community Events 
4. Special Guest Speaker Series 

Interested? Complete the Eligibility Application or Come to the SWC Counseling Center and ask to meet with our Umoja Counselor. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Student Services Center, or call (619) 421-6700 x 5240

Last updated: 12/13/2017 7:25:51 AM