Welcome to the Orange Coast College Umoja Community

Transforming, Enriching, and Advancing the lives of students by infusing culturally relevant pedagogy and practices     

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What is Umoja?

Umoja is a state-wide student success program open to all students and is specifically designed to increase the retention and success rates of African-American students. The Umoja Program is a Learning Community that offers a variety of classes which strives to educate the whole student, informed by an ethic of love and its vital power. Academic success is also achieved through educational counseling, workshops, cultural events, mentoring, and personal development. The learning experience within Umoja will deliberately and intentionally provide each individual the opportunity to add their voice and their story to the collective voices and stories of the African Diaspora.

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.

Umoja is the preeminent global educational organization that provides transformative, emancipatory education to uplift and inspire academic excellence of self-actualization for students of African descent.

Maya Angelou - "When you learn, teach. When you get, give."



Academic/Career Counseling 
Culturally Relevant Workshops and Events 
Culturally Relevant Field Trips
Learning Co-Horts 
Culturally Relevant Classes
Jegnas (mentors)
Career Exploration and Networking Opportunities
Supportive and Safe Faculty Guidance
Umoja Annual Conferences
Student Leadership Summit
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Tours
UC/CSU Tours
HBCU Transfer Admissions Guarantee 


Porch Talks
Rap and Spoken Word Writing Accelerator
Student Leadership Series 
Umoja Village Open House
UC/CSU Campus Tours
Career and Internship Workshops
Umoja Annual Conference
Umoja Kwanzaa Celebration and more!

Learn about the Umoja Practices


Contact Us



Office Hours

Andrea Eke-Amacker, EOPS Counselor/Umoja Coordinator

Office: Watson Hall, 4th Floor, Umoja Rm. 456

Monday 9:00 am - 4:30pm

Wednesday 10:00am - 4:30pm

Thursdays 10:00am - 5:00pm

Hours vary and are subject to change. Please call or email for assistance.

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." -African Proverb

Student Testimonials

"Yes indeed, it was a great experience to meet other students that I can relate to and be able to share my experiences with."


"I really liked this umoja conference I learned how to budget my money , how to network , about ancient Egyptians , and so much more . I can’t wait for next year !"


Umoja students at a conference