The Black Collegians Program at SMC is designed to assist students of African descent in transferring to four year universities and obtaining their Associate degree. We offer services to help you become academically competitive and to set personal goals. Black Collegians program staff and counselors provide a constant source of encouragement to our students and work with you to ensure that your needs are met. We are located within the Counseling Complex in the African American Collegian Center.
The Black Collegians Program recently became a recognized program within the California Community College Chancellor's Office as part of the Umoja Community (see http://umojacommunity.org). As a recognized program within the Umoja Community, we abide by the mission and the educational philosophy of the Community which is detailed below, and we share strategies and goals with other Umoja Community programs at the various California Community Colleges statewide.
The Mission of the Umoja Community
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.
Educational Philosophy of the Umoja Community
Umoja is a community of educators and learners committed to the
academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of African
American and other students. The Umoja Community seeks to educate the
whole student–body, mind and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and
its vital power, the Umoja Community will deliberately engage students
as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical
The Umoja Community seeks to help students experience themselves as
valuable and worthy of an education. The Umoja Community gains meaning
through its connection to the African Diaspora. African and African
American intellectual, cultural, and spiritual gifts inform Umoja
Community values and practices. The Umoja Community seeks to nurture
knowledge of and pride in these treasures. The learning experience
within the Umoja Community will provide each individual the opportunity
to add their voice and their story to the collective voices and stories
of the African Diaspora.
African American students are inextricably connected to global
struggles for liberation throughout the African Diaspora. In light of
this, the Umoja Community views education as a liberatory act designed
to empower all students to critique, engage, and transform deleterious
social and institutional practices locally and globally. The Umoja
Community will practice and foster civic engagement so that all its
participants integrate learning and service. Likewise, the Umoja
Community will instill in our students the knowledge and skills
necessary to enable them to make positive differences in their lives and
the lives of others.