Answered By: Shannon Hammock Last Updated: Sep 02, 2020 Views: 3
The Umoja Community
A Pathway Support Services Program
African/African-American Student Engagement Center
Umoja means “collective work and responsibility” in Swahili.
Click here to apply The Umoja Community Application
Location: Bradshaw Building 110 (H.O.M.E. Room – next to the cafeteria)
The Umoja Community Mission Statement: From a perspective that is responsive to the legacy of African American history and culture, the umoja Project is committed, through providing dedicated support and guidance, to helping students identify and develop positive behaviors in their personal, social, and academic lives that will lead to academic success and engagement in college life, foster community among students and strengthen students’ relationships and ties to their home communities.
The Umoja Community Services & Resources
· A comprehensive two-year educational plan along with a semester by semester plan, reviewed by a umoja counselor
· Counseling: academic, career, financial aid, personal achievement
· Learning Communities (Guidance, English, African History, African Art, etc.)
· Laptop, textbook, and African novel lending
· One-on-one tutoring
· Special guests and motivational speakers
· Peer Advocates/Faculty Mentors
· Speakers, workshops, field trips, college tours
· Men of umoja - student club
· Queens of umoja - student club
· The Umoja Community Official Student Club
· “Black Thought” – Discussion Forums
· H.O.M.E Room (Hope, Opportunity, Mentoring, Empowerment)
o Bradshaw Building 110 – engagement center
The Umoja Community Requirements
Students must fall into an equity gap category under RCC’s Equity and Student Success Plan. umoja’s equity target group is African/African-American/Black students. However, any qualifying student can participate. To be eligible students must complete the following steps:
1. Complete the RCC Orientation, Assessment, and Counseling process
2. Submit umoja application
3. Attend a mandatory program orientation
4. Sign a The Umoja Community Statement of Commitments
The Umoja Community Expectations
1. Develop a comprehensive Student Educational Plan with the umoja Counselor during the first semester of participation.
2. Complete one appointment with the umoja Counselor each fall and spring term to track my education progress.
3. Complete one appointment with the umoja Educational Advisor each fall and spring terms for academic support.
4. Attend 3 on campus workshops each semester (at least one umoja workshop).
5. Be a member of the umoja Student Club.
6. Complete 20 hours of umoja affiliated service/activities each fall and spring term that may include club activities, umoja student success workshops, field trips, and conferences.
H.O.M.E. Room and Umoja Community
Bradshaw Building 110
Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
951-222-8130 (HOME Room)