Whereas, Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource that serves as an umbrella for several efforts and groups and is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students and to increasing student retention, persistence, and success;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges recognizes discrepancies in student achievement in basic skills courses;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges supports innovative programs and practices to address these discrepancies; and
Whereas, The Umoja Community is a culturally responsive instructional approach to learning with faculty who are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic in their approach to addressing the academic support needs of all students;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges recognize, collaborate with, and facilitate the promotion of the Umoja Community as an established organization across the state to enhance student success. MSR Disposition: Referred to the Executive Committee for development of additional materials and bring information and resolution back to the Fall 2008 Plenary Session.
After a general session presentation by the Umoja Community, Resolution 3.01 was passed at the Fall 2008 Plenary Session.