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. AFFIRM is an acronym meaning Academic Force For Inspiration Retention & Matriculation. 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 the African and African American Diasporas.
Umoja-AFFIRM is an academic program focusing on African American students which emphasize the successful completion of the “cognitive core” areas of study. The program identifies the English, Math, and Science disciplines as the “cognitive core” because these three disciplines lie at the heart of a student’s academic achievement and performance throughout the general/transfer educational curricula. A Guidance course is also offered as part of our program.
As an academic program at Evergreen Valley College, Umoja-AFFIRM is designed to increase the retention, matriculation, and transfer of African American students. The Umoja-AFFIRM program, although specifically designed for African American students, also serves students who are not African American and who desire the nurturing services that are offered by the program.
Umoja-AFFIRM COURSE OFFERINGS: English 330English 104English 001A
Chemistry 015Counseling 15 (ONLY OFFERED DURING FALL SEMESTER) Math 111 (ONLY OFFERED DURING FALL SEMESTER)Math 013 (ONLY OFFERED DURING SPRING SEMESTER)Political Science 001
Use the link below to fill out the online application if you would like to become a member of the Umoja-AFFIRM program.
Claudia Barbosa EgbuonyeFaculty Coordinator
Sean DickersonProgram Specialist
(408) 274-7900 ext. 6853
AC-130 (Acacia Building)
Mon - Fri; 9AM - 5PM
Counseling HoursTue-Thurs: 9AM - 4PM
*Please note the last available appointment time is 4:00PM
Making an appointment for counseling is strongly recommended. Please call (408) 274-7900 ext. 6853.