April 14, 2020 - Free webinars for math faculty!

March 26, 2020 - Thank you for Joining the Webinar - From Nzingha Dugas, Executive Director

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to meet with the Umoja staff on our recent webinar. It was wonderful to see so many faces and to be reminded of how incredible our Umoja practitioners are. You asked great questions that will drive our coming work to best serve students, and each other considering the challenges we are facing.

The next steps include our upcoming webinar (register here), scheduled for April 3, 2020, the release of a FAQ sheet based on your questions and concerns and continued updates on the use of RFA funding, allocations, and programmatic activities. We are also working on creating online workshops and live learning communities to support your work. Finally, we are in conversation with the Chancellor's Office to get clarity on the questions they would be better suited to answer.  Please continue to work closely with your Regional Coordinators (RC) so that we can collect concerns and needs that you would like us to address. As Executive Director, I will continue to reach out to campus leaders to understand how they are supporting Umoja programs. As I get more information, these updates will be provided to your RC to review during regional meetings.

I want to affirm that the Umoja team stands ready to provide any assistance that you need in the coming weeks and months to ensure we are maximizing our support to students and supporting your well-being.

I look forward to connecting with each of you soon. I want to leave you with a quote that has resonated with me lately. Please know that you are valued and the ancestors gave us the power, knowledge, and strength we need.

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." - Audre Lorde.

March 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Response Webinar

Umoja hosted a webinar to address Umoja coordinator and stakeholder questions and concerns. Participants were able to hear from Umoja's executive director and leadership team about upcoming events, the state of Umoja funding and more. To listen, click here. Future webinars are planned for April 3, 2020 and April 17, 2020. For more information, coordinators can contact info@umojacommunity.org.

March 19, 2020 - Central Office Closure

Health officials in Sacramento and surrounding counties have issued unprecedented “stay at home” or “shelter in place” directives. These mandates impact our ability to maintain our in-person central office operations.

We continue to make critical decisions about our operations and aim to ensure the health and safety of our staff. Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, our offices will be closed until further notice. We will monitor daily news and keep our community updated as information becomes available.

Although we will be closed, we are still committed to offering stellar service to our coordinators and partners. You can call 916-661-6455 or e-mail info@umojacommunity.org. We will respond to your inquiries and needs as quickly as possible.

Please continue to be safe and take note of the resources below to take all necessary health precautions:

  • California Department of Public Health [Link]
  • California Community College Chancellor’s Office Facts and Resources [Link]
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Information [Link]
  • CDC Workplace, School and Home Guidance Information [Link]
  • Current Shelter in Place Order - Bay Area [Link]

March 18, 2020 - Umoja Executive Director Responds to COVID-19 Concerns

Dear Umoja Community College Coordinators, 

The Umoja Community Education Foundation acknowledges the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and concerns throughout the community. As we navigate the challenges and uncertainty, we have three primary goals:

  1. To mitigate our community’s risk of exposure to the COVID-19.
  2. To share pertinent information regarding Umoja’s response to local, state and national updates in a timely, consistent and concise manner.
  3. To provide updates about Umoja funding and events.

To mitigate the risk of exposure at events, programs, and activities, we are strongly following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of State, and the California Department of Public Health's advice, statewide and local as well as the latest recommendations. We have been in close discussions with event location hosts/partners and the decision has been made to cancel the Northern and Southern California Regional Symposiums for this academic year. We are deeply concerned by this news but know that it is in the best interests of everyone's safety and well-being.

Given these two events have been canceled, please rest assured that we plan to issue refunds for payments made by credit card or return checks, and you will hear from our Accounting Department within the next 5-10 business days. 

Q&A Webinar

We know that coordinators may have questions about the execution of Umoja programming and the use of Umoja funds, and have brainstorming ideas to address the needs of your students. On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., we are hosting a Q&A Webinar with the Operations Department to share updates and answer any questions you may have regarding how to move forward with Umoja Program funds. This will be the first of two webinars and we may host more if there is a need. In the interim, we encourage you to continue communication with your Regional Coordinators as questions and concerns arise. RCs will follow up with plans around site visits, regional meetings, and options for Umoja programming.

Webinar zoom information and details will be provided following this email.

What do I do if I am contacted by the media about Umoja’s response to COVID-19?

If you are contacted by the media entities with questions about Umoja’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please forward all inquiries to the Umoja Central Office at 916-661-6455 or communications@umojacommunity.org. Our Communications team is working to ensure that Umoja’s message is consistent and accurate.

Please note the resources below. Each resource offers pertinent information that impacts our programs, campuses, and state.

Additional Resources:

  • California Department of Public Health [Link]
  • California Community College Chancellor’s Office Facts and Resources [Link]
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Information [Link]
  • CDC Workplace, School and Home Guidance Information [Link]
  • Current Shelter in Place Order - Bay Area [Link]

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We look forward to speaking with you soon. We know that this is a very difficult moment. We believe that faith, creativity and the commitment that we have to our students and each other will get us through these challenges. 

Thank you for all that you do.

March 12, 2020 - Northern California Regional Symposium Canceled

The Umoja Community Education Foundation acknowledges the impact of the Coronavirus and concerns throughout the community. I am writing to share an update on our programmatic efforts. 

At the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of State, and the California Department of Health, we are committed to mitigating our community’s risk of exposure to the virus.

In line with this commitment, the Northern California Regional Symposium, which was scheduled to be held this Friday, March 13, 2020, at the University of California, Berkeley, has been postponed. This decision has been made at the discretion of the University of California, Berkeley, and the aforementioned entities. We are working diligently to ensure the safety of our community.

We are thankful for your patience and flexibility and we look forward to providing additional information about the Symposium.