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What is Umoja-AFFIRM?

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 Program Application




Contact Us

Claudia Barbosa Egbuonye
Program Counselor/ 

Sean Dickerson
Program Specialist


(408) 759-4823 (Remote office line)
(408) 274-7900 ext. 6853


AC-130 (Acacia Building)
During the Fall 2020 semester, the office will not be open for visitors. 


Mon - Fri: 9AM - 5PM

Counseling Hours
During the Fall 2020 semester, our physical office will not be open but our virtual office is available to meet your counseling needs. Please call us at (408) 759-4823 or email us at to get in contact with our office and schedule an appointment with our counselor. Thank you.



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