Due to COVID-19, the Umoja Village is currently operating virtually/online.  Staff is available by phone, email, and teleconferencing. Please check out our website for information, resources, and important links.


Program Email:

Office Phone: (510) 464-3412                            

Umoja Co-Coordinators:

Kimberly King – and Kassie Phillips – 

To Join the Umoja-UBAKA Community  & Take Umoja Classes: 

See the Program Description and Requirements Below

Complete the Umoja Enrollment APPLICATION

Need a Computer?

Emergency Grants & Chromebook Lending

are available for eligible students.

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To schedule a counseling appointment with Kassie Phillips our Umoja Counselor, Click here.

What are the benefits of becoming a member of the Umoja Community ?

There are many benefits to participating in a culturally-responsive learning environment. Here are few benefits, specific to our program:

  • Counseling & Advising support
  • Obtain Leadership Skills
  • Learn Community Organizing
  • Tutoring Support
  • Computer and printing lab
  • Study and lounge space
  • Workshops promoting student success and community involvement
  • Textbook loan program (for Cohort members)
  • Transportation vouchers (when applicable)
  • Connection to other students participating in events

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.

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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

COVID 19 Response :To maintain the health and well-being of all students and staff, all classes are being conducted remotely for Summer and Fall 2020. The Umoja Village staff are working remotely to serve your needs.

Contact us:

510.464.3412 or

For Financial Aid, Admissions and Records, General Counseling, Student Services, and Additional Resources and Links Click here

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