What is the Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Community?
The Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Community aims to increase the success, persistence and graduation rates of African, African American and other students through tailored classes, academic counseling, tutorial support and activities. The mission is to serve as a critical resource for enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African, African American and other students. We deliberately and intentionally recognize student voices, social realities and histories. Umoja-UBAKA promotes self and community empowerment through an affirming atmosphere and culturally-responsive curriculum specifically focused on the Black experience.
For more information contact:
Dr. Kimberly King
Umoja-UBAKA Student Success Village
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to participating in a culturally-responsive learning environment. Here are few benefits, specific to our program:
- Counseling & advising support
- Tutoring support
- Computer and printing lab
- Study and lounge space
- Workshops promoting student success and community involvement
- Textbook loan program
- Transportation vouchers
- Connection to other students participating in events
Umoja, (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success. Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of African and African American Diasporas.
What are the requirements?
Though Umoja-UBAKA is focused on the African American experience, any student is eligible to apply who meets the following the requirements:
- Take at least two Umoja-UBAKA identified courses per semester
- Maintain a 2.0 GPA, while striving for 3.0 or higher
- Attend at least three Umoja-UBAKA workshops or other activities per semester
- Meet with Umoja counselor at least 2 times a semester
- Attend at least one college tour per year
How do I join Umoja-UBAKA?
To join Umoja-UBAKA , complete this application: https://laney.umojacommunity.org//content/registration-portal?cid=0
To enroll in our classes, go the Laney Counseling Department and request Umoja-UBAKA learning community classes.