Umoja-Tumaini is a statewide community of educators and learners committed to the academic success, personal growth and self-actualization of African American and other students. Umoja is a Kiswahili word meaning “unity”.

The Umoja-Tumaini Program seeks to educate the whole student – body, mind and spirit. Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, the Umoja-Tumaini Program will deliberately engage students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought. The Umoja-Tumaini Program seeks to help students experience themselves as valuable and worthy of an education.

The Umoja-Tumaini Program gains meaning through its connection to the African Diaspora. African and African American intellectual, cultural, and spiritual gifts inform the Umoja-Tumaini Program values and practices. The program seeks to nurture knowledge of and pride in these treasures. The learning experience within the program will provide each individual the opportunity to add their voice and their story to the collective voices and stories of the African Diaspora. Umoja-Tumaini is open to all students.

The Umoja-Tumaini Program at San Bernardino Valley College consists of 2 components: the Umoja-Tumaini Program learning community and the Tumaini Club.

Students interested in participating in the Umoja-Tumaini Program learning community must apply and meet program requirements.


Program Benefits and Resources

  • Cohort Classes
  • Supportive Umoja-Tumaini Counselors
  • Student Success Workshops
  • Umoja-Tumaini Study Hall
  • Tutoring
  • Cultural Events
  • HBCU College Tour


Umoja-Tumaini Program Requirements

  • Have an educational goal of completing a certificate, associates degree, and/or transfer to a four-year university.
  • Meet with your Umoja-Tumaini Counselor two times each semester.
  • Complete a comprehensive educational plan with your Umoja-Tumaini Counselor.
  • Attend class regularly.
  • Attend a minimum of two Umoja-Tumaini workshops each semester.
  • Complete Progress Reports
  • Check the Umoja-Tumaini Canvas page weekly.
  • Check your SBVC student email regularly.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  • Have an interest in learning about African American culture, literature, and experiences.
  • Enroll in SDEV 102 in fall semester.
  • Attend Umoja-Tumaini Orientation.


Steps to Apply

  1. To apply visit: www.umojacommunity.org
  2. Complete the application and submit.


Mandatory Orientation

Students joining the Umoja-Tumaini learning community must attend the Umoja-Tumaini Orientation.

Orientation date and location will be provided at the intake appointment.


Mandatory Courses

Students in the learning community must register for the following courses:

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Student Development 102 Student Development 103
History 138 History 139



For more information, contact us:

Rutina Taylor,
Umoja-Tumaini Counselor
Liberal Arts (LA) 148
(909) 384-8659

Phylicia Deam,
Adjunct Umoja-Tumaini Counselor
Liberal Arts (LA) 145

Video chat with Umoja-Tumaini on Cranium Cafe

For more information about the Tumaini Club please click here.