Are you an African American student in search of extra academic and financial support, as well as rich, rewarding cultural activities, college transfer opportunities and more? That’s what you’ll find in the Umoja program. Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, enhances the cultural and educational experiences of California community colleges by serving black students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged. This community and critical resource exists to close the achievement gap.

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The program provides:

  • Academic and personal support
  • Resources to transfer to University of California and California State University schools, as well as historically black colleges and universities
  • Culturally-relevant classroom and life experiences, activities and programs to enhance and impact learning
  • Leadership opportunities on campus and in the community



Advantages to being in Umoja include:

  • Individual counseling support
  • Referrals to community and campus resources
  • Student support network
  • Mentoring
  • Student leadership training/opportunities
  • Annual Umoja Community Regional Symposium and Conferences



In order to become an Umoja member, you must complete an Umoja application, meet with an Umoja Counselor and attend at least two events per semester.

Umoja application link:
Schedule counseling appointment:

Umoja Counselors:
Dr. Donna Colondres
Brent McCLaren
Donald Essex
Jean Oh
Dominque Johnson
La Quirshia Fennell


Dr. Donna Colondres
Professor/Counselor and Umoja coordinator

Tiffany Coleman
Program Assistant
Special Population and Equity Programs
Phone: 909-652-6505



“They say that when you have the support of family and loved ones your success comes a bit easier. I feel as though I have another family with Umoja. I can never go wrong because day in and day out they are by my side. I have had many opportunities to interact with my school and do things that I never would have thought of doing before Umoja. I can focus more knowing that I am not in this alone and to make things even better, I am helped and geared for the right path when things get very patchy along the road. I am part of a community that encourages me to use my language as Power, allowing me to tap into my own world where I can use my language to grow and empower my fellow Umoja family members. Umoja has brought me further than I even saw myself and I am forever thankful.”

          - Barbara Ashun – Nursing, Class of  2020  - Transferred to Cal State San Bernardino


“Umoja has really instilled a sense of leadership in myself.  The wonderful people apart of this organization have been so supportive, and have made me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to.  Whether that be academically or outside of the classroom.  It's given me a wonderful opportunity to not only leave an impact on my college campus, but also to meet extraordinary people from all backgrounds of the diaspora.”

         - Brandon Washington – Communications, Class of 2020 – Transferred to UCLA


“Being the president of Umoja has allowed me to be more fearless and relentless about the things I want in order to succeed.”-

        -  Joshua Abrams – Political Science, Class of 2020 – Transferred to UCLA


“There is an African proverb that states, "It takes a village to raise a child". Umoja provides a great support system in which my peers as well as coordinators, hold me accountable and keep me on track. With the love and support received from the club, I am filled with the determination to reach academic success. “ 

        - Gabriel Akinmoladun – Biology


“Umoja made me a better student by putting me in positions to where I lead and I don't want to let down the people who are watching me so I push to do my best and show people that they can do anything they put their mind to.”

       -  Anthony Terry – Cinema and Broadcasting



If you're a faculty, staff or community member interested in mentoring Umoja students, please contact us at 909-652-6505. You will need to fill out our Umoja program mentor application as well.


Events and Activities

club meetings

Umoja Club Meeting

Date: Thursday 
Time: 1:00PM
Location: Zoom meeting link:



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KwanzaaCelebration of Kwanzaa and the Griots (story tellers)

Friday, December 4, 2020 from 1pm- 2:30pm
Music - Culture - Fun!
For more information contact 
Zoom Meeting ID: 947 8143 8682


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Chaffey College African American Cultural Celebration of graduates


Umoja Team

Dr. Donna Colondres – Professor/Counselor and Umoja coordinator

Tiffany Coleman – Program Assistant, Special Population and Equity Programs/Umoja co-coordinator

Adam Martinez – English Professor

Ariel Sales - Research Analyst

Brent McLaren – Counselor

Charles Williams  - English Professor

Corinthia Crawford – Financial Aid Program Assistant/Queens Talk: Women’s Empowerment Facilitator

Dominique Johnson – Counselor

Donald Essex – Counselor

Emilie Koenig – English Professor

Kenyon Callahan – Political Science Professor

La Quirshia Fennell – Counselor

Omar Dphrepaulezz – History/African American Professor

PaulaE George - Systems Specialist

Tara Johnson –  Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising Professor