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Umoja Diop Scholars

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.


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

Requirements for Success

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

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

See Umoja Diop Eligibility and Application.

Umoja Diop Counseling

Video or phone meetings with counselors may be arranged with an online appointment. Please complete the Give Consent form below then click the orange button to be taken to the online scheduler to make an appointment.

Give Consent and Make an Appointment With the Online Scheduler

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
(916) 691-7368


Library Building L-200
Second Floor