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The Umoja ("oo-Mo-jah") Diop Scholars program is a community of learners designed to support and increase academic success. This program addresses students’ needs through academic support services and curriculum focused on African American and multicultural literature, history, and experiences.

Umoja Diop Scholars is open to all students and is designed to increase the retention and success rate, as well as the graduation and transfer rates of African ancestry students. The curriculum focuses on improving reading, writing, self-discipline, and critical thinking skills.

How to Apply

Students must apply to Umoja Diop Scholars through the Umoja Community Student Application Portal.

Apply to Umoja Diop Scholars

Following your application we will contact you to schedule an appointment with a counselor. A counselor will assist you to create and/or update your student educational plan and provide permission numbers for our courses.


There are many benefits of being an Umoja Diop scholar, including:

  • A strong support system and personal attention
  • Academic and cultural field trips
  • Student support network
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), California State University (CSU), and University of California (UC) college tours
  • Academic excellence celebrations
  • Village space
  • Becoming active and responsible learners
  • Learning and studying with other highly motivated college students
  • Working closely with program faculty
  • Strengthening written, oral, and critical thinking skills
  • Participating in academic enrichment and co-curricular activities
  • Learning about African, African American, and multicultural heritage

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for Umoja Diop, students must be:

  • Eligible for enrollment or enrolled at Cosumnes River College
  • Eligible for enrollment into English Writing 300
  • Highly encouraged to enroll in 12 units or more of academic courses each semester during the program, including linked courses
  • Interested in learning about the African diaspora

To be successful in the Umoja Diop program, students must also:

  • Have a high level of motivation and dedication
  • Participate in activities
  • Meet with a counselor each semester

Umoja Diop Counseling Appointments

Note: This information pertains to video appointments. However, some in-person services will be offered on a limited basis by appointment in Fall 2021. See the Reopening page for in-person appointment information listed by department.

Video appointments with counselors may be scheduled online up to two weeks in advance. Please plan ahead. Appointments fill up quickly, so schedule early for the best choice of days and times.

Appointments are scheduled during open office hours.

Make an Online Appointment

Upcoming Umoja Events


CRC Community Tutoring Hour

from 8:00 to 9:00 pm


CRC Community Tutoring Hour

from 8:00 to 9:00 pm

Umoja Diop Scholarships

Scholarships Available to Students of African Descent

Umoja Diop can provide assistance with outside scholarships for students of African ancestry.

Scholarships for African American Students (Best Colleges website)

Financial Aid Opportunities for Minority Students (Best Colleges website)

UNCF Scholarships, Programs, Internships, and Fellowships ​

Community Resources

Umoja Diop Scholars is open to all eligible students.

The Umoja Diop Scholars program is a consortium member of the Umoja Community of California Community Colleges.


Teresa Aldredge
Umoja Diop Scholars Counselor/Coordinator
(916) 691-7368


Library Building L-106