Welcome to the Palomar College

Umoja Community

UMOJA (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community based program dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. Through a holistic approach, the Umoja program encourages, engages, nurtures, and connects with students. Umoja creates a welcoming environment that fosters self-efficacy and a strong desire to succeed. Furthermore, Umoja encourages socially responsible leadership from students, not only in their communities but in the world as a whole.

Student Benefits 

  • A supportive community of faculty, staff, and peers to help support your academic and personal journey here at Palomar
  • Career, academic, personal counseling and assistance with transferring to a 4-year institution
  • Financial assistance with textbooks and course supplies
  • Umoja sponsored events and conferences
  • Umoja Community scholarships
  • Cultural experiences
  • Academic excellence celebrations
  • University visits
  • Mentoring
  • Umoja Village Space
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Umoja Club membership

Program Requirements

  • Currently enrolled at Palomar College
  • Interest in African American culture and experiences
  • Complete Umoja application
  • Attend Umoja Orientation
  • One year commitment to participate in at least 3 Umoja activities and/or events each semester
  • Meet with Umoja Counselor at least once per semester