Black Collegians

Black Collegians Program Umoja Community


Contact Information

We are still operating remotely for the Fall 2021 semester. No onground services will be available. Please email us at

You can also leave a message at 310-434-4232 and someone will return your call within 24 to 48 business hours.

Fall 2021 Virtual Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.

About us!

The Black Collegians Program/Umoja Community 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.

The Black Collegians Program is a program within the statewide Umoja Community. As a recognized program within the Umoja Community, we abide by the mission and the educational philosophy of the Community and we share strategies and goals with other Umoja Community programs at the various California Community Colleges statewide.

In February 2020, the program received the highest honor in the form of a $325,000 endowment provided by Mrs. Ann Wang through the Wang Joint Living Trust. Mrs. Wang has changed lives with her extreme generosity (she made the donation on her birthday!) and her down-to-earth kindness. 

Sherri Bradford, Ann Wang, Funmi Adeleye, and Kathryn Jeffery

(Left to right) Black Collegians faculty leader Sherri Bradford, donor Ann Wang, Black Collegians/SMC student Funmi Adeleye, and Kathryn Jeffery, SMC Superintendent/President.

Our Mission

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.

Why Should You Join Us?

Our program counselors offer academic, career, and personal counseling to help students achieve their academic goals.

  • On average, Black Collegians Umoja students have statistically higher GPAs than African American students who are not in the program.

  • BC students persist to the next fall term at a higher rate than African American students who are not in the program.

  • First-time freshman students and continuing students in the program successfully complete their enrolled courses at a higher rate than students who are not.

How to Join Us?

  1. We will have another enrollment period beginning in Summer 2021. You will attend an orientation during the summer or early fall as the first step to joining the program.

  2.  Meet with a Black Collegians Counselor for an interview and discuss your educational plans. To make an appointment with a BC Counselor, you will need to email us or call us to request an appointment.

Our Requirements

All Black Collegians Program participants need to meet the following criteria each semester during the academic year:

  1. Meet with a Black Collegians Program counselor at least twice each semester.

  2. Attend a minimum of three program activities.

For more information visit: Requirements