Uplift, Empower, Unify

Umoja is a Kiswahili word meaning unity. The Umoja program is a global organization that is dedicated to increasing the number of African American and people of color who earn their degrees, transfer to four-year colleges or universities, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations. 

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Culturally Relevant Education

Moreno Valley College's Umoja chapter seeks to promote and uplift by deliberately and intentionally recognizing the voices and histories of our student community. We also take a proactive approach to reaching and serving African American males, and other at-risk students in higher education. The development of the academic, professional and leadership potential of Umoja students is centered on seven program principles: unity, self, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Get involved with Umoja


Why get involved?

  • Enjoy priority registration each term.
  • Experience culturally enriching activities to broaden your personal and academic horizons.
  • Participate in community building activities, attend university tours, and attend networking events and conferences.
  • Attend motivational and educational workshops.
  • You may also qualify for MVC's College Promise, which grants free tuition and textbook vouchers for the first year of college.


  • Specialized academic and career counseling
  • College preparation and guidance courses
  • Free weekly peer tutoring, in addition to what is already offered to MVC students
  • Networking and university transfer opportunities
  • Mentoring and mentorship programs
  • Summer bridge program

Contact Us

Contact the Umoja program coordinators if you have any questions about the program, about courses or services, need application help, or want to find out if you qualify.

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Meet Your Umoja Team

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