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ECS-Umoja Student Testimonials

In Their Own Words

"The Umoja Program has showed me that the sky is the limit Cynthia Nelsonregardless of your heritage and cultural background. I have benefited so much in so many ways from Umoja. The program has allowed me to meet many people that I may not have had the opportunity to meet in and out of Grossmont College. I enjoy all the activities Umoja offers, and I am grateful for all the volunteer work I have been able to be a part of through Umoja. My favorite part of my experience with Umoja is being able to share all these amazing opportunities with my fellow students and friends."

-Cynthia Nelson
Umoja Student Ambassador
Liberal Studies Major
Working to transfer


Profile shot of Cory Allen"Umoja is a great influence to my success. Joining Umoja in the spring of 2010 instilled a sense of belonging, but more importantly accountability. I treat the Umoja program similar to a sports team. The opportunity to feel accountable has helped me complete my JC education. Umoja definitely exemplifies UNITY!"

-Cory Allen
Psychology Major
Transferring to Cal State Northridge Fall 2013



"Umoja is pretty cool! I have met a lot of cool people. I get theEllarese Harvey help and resources I need for my classes. Being a part of Umoja, I have been able to go on campus tours and I have had the opportunity to broaden my horizons. Because I am a homebody, the outside events and activities have given me opportunities to meet new people and make new friends. Offering a program just for African Americans shows that Grossmont College cares for its students. It makes me proud to be African American!"

-Ellarese Harvey
Psychology Major
Working towards transferring to San Diego State University



Nathan Klein"What has Umoja done for me? I think a better question is what hasn't Umoja done for me. When I first started at Grossmont, I was going through the motions. Taking classes on a whim because I thought I needed them. However, when I joined Umoja, they gave me a direction and a vision. I was like a boat without a rudder; I was moving, but I was not moving with direction. Umoja gave me the direction I needed. I received thorough counseling, and the counselors took a genuine interest in my education. They invested in me emotionally. I was able to talk to counselors on a much deeper level than any general counseling appointment. Also, I have been able to go on many University trips and network with successful lawyers, doctors, and other professionals within my field of study. I strongly recommend anybody and everybody to join. You cannot go wrong with Umoja!"

-Nathan Klein
Sociology Major
Transferring to San Diego State University Fall 2013



"Because I was a teen mom, I was constantly told that I should A. Latrice Johnsonhold off on school and become a nurse. All the while I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Umoja has given me the opportunity to realize my life goals. It has also helped me to meet many awesome people (how about that student ambassador of ours)! Seriously though, being in Umoja has allowed me to see many awesome plays, take many awesome schools tours, and laugh with really great people who value education as much as I do. Umoja helps me to be grounded and open-minded. Plus, it’s amazing to be around individuals my age instead of a 6 year old man-child all the time!"

-A. Latrice Johnson
English Major
Working to transfer to San Diego State University




Winnlan Dale"Before joining Umoja, I had trouble staying focused on my education path to my ultimate career goals. Since joining, I’ve had amazing experiences and have learned a lot of information critical to my success. I’ve also met other students who share my passion for bettering ourselves and securing a successful future. I’ve been exposed to great resources including Sacramento as well as attending the HUBU conference for Black and Latino men which was incredibly empowering and left me completely motivated to stay on track and put more of myself into my studies. To those of you who haven’t participated in this amazing program, I would definitely say GET on the BALL!! It’s essential to our success and you definitely won’t regret it. I look forward to seeing all of my peers in the events to come."

-Winnlan “Tim” Dale
Forensics/Biology Major
Working to transfer


"The UMOJA program has giving me a chance to explore the world outside campuses and enabled me to be strong. It has giving me great friends that inspire me and give me support when in need. It has giving me knowledge on how I can utilize the resources the campuses offers, which has made my college journey effortless. College life doesn’t have to be hard; it’s supposed to be fun and educating. If anyone is having a hard time, I highly recommend you join the UMOJA program and see for yourself how easy and enjoyable your journey becomes."

-Yeabsra “Nebsu” Habtegebriel
Mechanical Engineering Major
Working to transfer

Last Updated: 04/07/2015
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