Student Support Programs
To aid in outreach to African American students and to promote their academic achievement, retention,
persistence, and transfer success, LACCD colleges have several African American student support
programs in place. Most programs emphasize themes and courses related to African American history,
culture, and community; however they are open to any interested student regardless of background.
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.
The following colleges have Umoja Programs: