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.

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Umoja at SBCC

Our Umoja program offers supported english classes that are made to fully support students inside and outside of the classroom; each class features a tutor and supportive faculty who teach from an Afro-centric perspective and have extensive office hours to offer students multiple ways to stay engaged and succeed! In addition, Our program is a part of the Equity department at Santa Barbara City College; and much like the Center for Equity and Social Justice, also features a multitude of programming and events that are designed to further develop students academically, mentally, and professionally.

Village Space and More

Our village space is a place where our umoja community comes to spend time with one another, eat, study and build community! We offer snacks, quiet time for studying, community events and workshops. This is where our community becomes family.

Students can also receive a multitude of benefits from our Umoja program such as food vouchers, book grants, registration assistance, college tours, conference attendance and more!

Due to the virtual learning environment, we are currently functioning in a virtual village space. All Umoja students can explore the space and use the resources and enrolled Umoja students should have access to our Canvas shell for further community building and resources.

Workshop and Events Calendar

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact Casey Ysaguirre, Umoja SPA at

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