Black Collegians

Black Collegians Program Umoja Community


Nathaniel Aylay

Nathaniel Aylay

"The community at SMC fosters an inclusive environment."

Contact Information

WE WILL BE OPEN FOR Winter and Spring 2023! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU! Our office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm for in-person questions. The office will be closed on Fridays. We will allow a limited number of students inside the center at any given time. There will be seating available immediately outside of our offices that you can use as well. ALL COUNSELING WILL CONTINUE TO BE REMOTE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. For more information, please call us at 310-434-4232 or email us at 


Drop In Counseling Queue! 

Our program offers drop-in counseling to our program members on specified dates and times during the school year. All Black Collegians students will be notified via email when our academic counselors will be offering drop-in counseling. When our drop in queue is active, program members may add themselves to the queue by clicking activated Qless button below.

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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 hope that you join our program! The first step is to attend an online orientation. Orientations for the spring 2023 enrollment period will begin in January 2023. We are offering orientations until the second week of the spring 2023 semester.  Please click here to register for an orientation session. (Please note that you need to copy the registration link and paste it into your address bar to register otherwise you will receive an error message.)

  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. 
  3. Once you have completed both of these steps, you are IN THE PROGRAM! 

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