Umoja Diop Scholars

Where to Find Us

Location: Library Building, L-200 (2nd floor)
Phone: (916) 691-7368

Umoja Diop Scholars

Six Diop scholars in cap and gown, smiling.What is Umoja Diop Scholars?

The Umoja ("oo-Mo-jah") Diop Scholars program is a community of learners designed to support and increase academic success. This program addresses students’ needs through academic support services and curriculum focused on African American and multicultural literature, history and experiences.

Umoja Diop Scholars is open to all students and is designed to increase the retention and success rate, as well as, the graduation and transfer rates of African ancestry students. The curriculum focuses on improving reading, writing, self-discipline and critical thinking skills.

Scholars are enrolled in courses that are "linked". These courses are taught by supportive instructors and counselors who work closely with each other and students to help Scholars develop the confidence and tools needed to succeed.

Benefits of being a Scholar:

  • Strong support system and personal attention
  • Academic and cultural field trips
  • Student support network
  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU), CSU and UC college tours
  • Academic excellence celebrations
  • Village space

Success requires:

  • High level of motivation and dedication from students
  • Participation in activities
  • Meeting with counselor each semester

Umoja Diop Scholars will:

  • Become active and responsible learners
  • Learn and study with other highly motivated college students
  • Work closely with program faculty
  • Strengthen written, oral and critical thinking skills
  • Participate in academic enrichment and co-curricular activities
  • Learn more about African, African American and multicultural heritage


A culturally enriching college experience • Umoja Diop Scholars is open to all eligible students

The Umoja Diop Scholars program is a consortium member of the Umoja Community of California Community Colleges.