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: Use the link below to fill out the online application if you would like to become a member of the Umoja-AFFIRM program.
Umoja-AFFIRM Statement Concerning Incidents at the Capitol
January 8, 2021
Concerning Incidents at the Capitol
Dear College Community,
In solidarity, we wanted to make sure that our campus community hear from the Evergreen Valley College's Umoja Community. Our approach has been to forge ahead and take steps to keep our African American students encouraged to brave the environment and fight for their goals. We have done this and will continue those actions. However, watching what has unfolded in Washington, D.C. and more specifically on the grounds and within the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, has left us with a flood of emotion, foremost among which is anger followed by disappointment.
While we endure this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, along with the racial and social inequality that we are intimately experiencing during this time, we are faced with the question: What does American democracy really mean to us? We acknowledge that equality in this nation and society is a false narrative that we must live through and fight against. We watch as the Black Lives Matter PROTEST march toward that hallowed building is met with a blanket of National Guard officers while Wednesday's Insurrection, where many warnings and threats were announced, "escorts" the mob into those same hallowed halls.
As we experience such degradation and watch the desecration of one of America's architectural symbols, we must ask ourselves, what steps do we take, here in our community, for ourselves, to stabilize our self-agency and show our students how to use their self-agency? How do we do that when we watch domestic terrorists enter our Capitol as if it is simply a common dwelling place? How do we comfort and motivate our students knowing that this insurrection, sedition, violence and the loss of life witnessed is not and does not represent the freedoms and the ideals our ancestors fought for us to have?
Our elders are so important in the Umoja Community. We dare not act on anything without seeking their permission. It's disheartening to wonder how our ancestors, our parents, our grandparents are viewing the new stain on American democracy. We, with them, must watch in disbelief at the hypocrisy of such deplorable acts.
Despite what we know to be true, we must still condemn these acts. We must use our anger and disappointment to continue to advocate for a country that is inclusive, just, fair, principled and respectful to all. In less than two weeks, we will swear in a new President and administration. We have reason to celebrate as we watch not only the first woman, but the first BLACK woman become the next Vice President of this country. While we can never fully put all trust in the government, we can put trust in ourselves, to embrace our role in the changing society. To embrace our role in dismantling white supremacy. To embrace our role in fighting for an America we will be proud to call home. While we are not responsible for our entire nation, we hold responsibility here at the Evergreen Valley College Campus, and specifically, the Umoja Community.
As the Umoja Community on this campus, we ask you to bring your anger and frustration to the Umoja-AFFIRM community and let use work together to shift this country's perspective on equality. Let's strongly encourage our law makers and politicians to grant us the God given rights that our ancestors have died for and worked for years, only to receive nothing but the marks on their backs and the cuts on their fingers. Umoja will stand in support of all human kind to have true equal rights. As of today, we are proclaiming that BLACK LIVES MATTER and that we have a place here at EVC and our voice will be heard.
Students-staff and community, if you are looking for a space to gather, talk or start a movement, Umoja is here. Use our help to press forward and fight for A New America. No Justice!! No Peace!!!
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Claudia Barbosa EgbuonyeProgram Counselor/ Coordinator
(408) 274-7900 ext. 6853
AC-130 (Acacia Building)
Mon - Thur: 9AM - 5PM
Counseling HoursPlease call us at (408) 274-7900 ext. 6853 or email us at Umoja.Affirm@evc.edu to get in contact with our office and schedule an appointment with our counselor. Thank you.