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 the African and African American Diasporas.
The Umoja Community at UC Irvine is designed to assist students of African descent in the transition to a four-year university. We offer resources and support to help students set goals, and maximize their experience at UCI to achieve academic, professional, and personal success. The Transfer Student Center staff and counselors will provide individualized support to meet students where they are and support them in their goals and future aspirations.
*The Umoja program at UCI is pending until official designation from the Umoja Community Education Foundation. However, please reach out if you have any questions about resources available to you.
Eligibilty /How to Join
Must be a Transfer student Admission for Fall 2021 process is pending
- One-on-One Advising
- LARC Scholarship
- SOAR Scholarship
- Book Loan/ I-Clicker Loan Program
- Laptop/Hotspot Loan Program
- Testing Materials
- Individualized Workshops and Events
- Priority Consideration for Housing
Umoja Community members applying for housing in the Arroyo Vista theme house community may want to consider three theme house options that complement the goals of Umoja: George Washington Carver House, Rosa Parks House, and the Academic Excellence Black Scholars House. There is no housing guarantee for fall 2021, but Umoja Community members will be given priority consideration for these houses.
Nyah E. Beck
Umoja Peer Pathfinder Educator