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Umoja Scholars Program

"A place where dreams and goals are realized"


What does "Umoja" mean?

Umoja is the Kiswahili word for UNITY.


What is Umoja's Mission?

The Umoja Scholars Program is committed to enriching, fostering, and nurturing the educational experience of all students, especially African American and first-generation college students, ultimately preparing them for academic, personal, and professional success beyond Los Medanos College. This program addresses student needs through academic support services and a curriculum that focuses on African-American literature and history as well as contemporary issues facing the African-American community.


How does the Umoja
Scholars Program work?

To join the program interested students must be enrolled as an LMC student, have completed the English and Math assessment tests and have applied for the Umoja Scholars Program.


Once approved, Umoja Scholars will enjoy the benefits of registering for blocked Umoja classes in English and Math. The following courses are offered through the Umoja Scholars program: Students will take the following paired classes to prepare them to reach graduation level and transfer level courses:


Fall: MathPath (25 & 30), English 70, 90, 100, Counseling 34

Spring: Math 12 & 34, English 90 100, 221, Counseling 32


Students who are not ready for or have already taken these paired classes may join the Umoja Scholars Club which is a Los Medanos College club. Club membership will give students the opportunity to participate in Umoja events and activities. Please contact the Umoja Village jastewart@losmedanos.edu or 925-473-7553for more information.