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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. See the Umoja Community Mission and Vision Statements.

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.

Benefits and Services Offered

The Umoja Diop Scholars program offers:

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

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for Umoja Diop, students must:

  • Be eligible for enrollment or enrolled at Cosumnes River College
  • Be eligible for enrollment in English Writing 300
  • Submit an Academic Progress Report each semester
  • Be highly encouraged to enroll in 12 units or more of academic courses each semester during the program, including linked courses
  • Be 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
  • Be eager to engage in curriculum and educational spaces dedicated to the African diaspora(s) and people of African descent experiences
  • Want to build and be a part of a growing and learning community
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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

Jonathan Harris
Umoja Counselor
(916) 691-7316 ext. 1309

Michael Carney
Special Programs Coordinator
(916) 691-7657

Malik Amos
Student Personnel Assistant
(916) 691-7768

Kendra Amos
Student Personnel Assistant
(916) 691-7688


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