Whereas, Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning "unity") is a community and critical resource that serves as an umbrella for several efforts and groups dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African-American and other students as well as to increasing student retention, persistence, and success;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges in Resolution 13.03 S07 called for an investigation into "successful statewide and national models which include both instructional and student services designed to encourage the persistence and retention of African-American and other underrepresented students;" and
Whereas, The Umoja Community is one of many culturally responsive instructional approaches to learning, with faculty who are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic in addressing the academic support needs of all students;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recognize the Umoja Community as an established organization and successful model for enhancing student success and include Umoja along with the other programs the ASCCC supports such as Puente; Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA); Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS); and Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS).
Disposition: Board of Governors, Consultation Council, Chancellor's Office, Local Senates
President sent a letter congratulating Umoja on its success. Umoja is included when successful programs for students are mentioned.