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Umoja ASTEP Students

Umoja ASTEP

What is African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence (Umoja ASTEP)?

Umoja (A Kiswahili word meaning unity) African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP) is a program that integrates academics, support services and African-American culture. We seek to educate the whole student — body, mind and spirit — through an ethic of love.  African and African-American histories and voices are deliberately and intentionally acknowledged and are woven into the learning experience, and this integration is seen as empowering to students and as foundational for their academic and personal success.  Students are full participants in their learning and growth. Umoja ASTEP aims to develop students into leaders and role models in their college and larger community.


Apply to Join Umoja ASTEP

If you'd like to apply to join Umoja ASTEP, complete the Umoja ASTEP application form. For more background on the program, download the Umoja ASTEP Informational Brochure or email Dr. Paula Parks.

You may also be interested in joining the Umoja Club.

Umoja ASTEP is a member of the state-wide Umoja (Unity) Community Consortium.

UMOJA

 

Download: Umoja ASTEP Information Brochure (PDF)


Benefits

  • Group study sessions
  • Simplified class schedules
  • Academic and cultural field trips
  • Academic excellence celebrations
  • College visits
  • Simplified path to CSUB
  • Support: The Umoja ASTEP counselor makes sure every student has an educational plan and stays on track to graduate and transfer. Students are matched with a community or BC faculty/staff/adminstration mentor in their field of study.

Eligibility

  • Complete Umoja ASTEP application
  • Meet with the Umoja ASTEP director or counselor
  • Complete FAFSA application
  • Complete placement tests in English, reading, and math
  • Have not completed any of the required courses (English 53 or English 50, Student Dev 2 and 6)

Program Requirements

  • Enroll in Umoja ASTEP Umoja learning community classes
  • Meet with Umoja ASTEP Umoja counselor twice a semester
  • Meet with mentor at least twice a month
  • Attend at least one Village study session each wek
  • Have an interest in community, family, education, and the African-American experience


Year One

Summer 2018

  • Participate in "Welcome to the Umoja Community" Aug. 8-9 or Aug. 13-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Umoja Health B1 starting June 11 (optional)

Fall 2018

  • Enroll in the Umoja ASTEP learning community: English 53: Reading, Reasoning, and Writing (with an African-American emphasis) (4 units), taught by Dr. Paula Parks, OR English 1A (3 units) and Library 1 (1 unit); and Student Development B6: Tools for College Success (3 units), taught by Umoja ASTEP counselor Mr. Jonathan Ward. 
  • Optional courses: math (by placement)
  • Stay in contact with mentors
  • Participate in Umoja ASTEP activities
Option 1
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:45-10:50   Library 1    
11:10-12:35   English 1A   English 1A
1:00-3:10   Student Development B6   Student Development B6
Option 2
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10:30-12:35 English 53   English 53  
1:00-3:10 Student Development B6   Student Development B6  

Spring 2019

  • Enroll in the Umoja ASTEP learning community: English 1A: Introductory Composition (with an African-American emphasis) (3 units), taught by Dr. Parks OR English 1B (3 units) and Library 1 (1 unit); and Student Development 2, taught by Umoja ASTEP counselor Mr. Jonathan Ward.
  • Optional courses: math (by placement), Umoja Astronomy
  • Stay in contact with mentors
  • Participate in Umoja ASTEP activities
Option 1
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:45-10:50 Library 1   Library 1  
11:10-12:35 English 1A   English 1A  
1:00-3:10 Student Development B2   Student Development B2  
Option 2
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
11:10-12:35   English 1B   English 1B
1:00-3:10   Student Development B2   Student Development B2

 

Year Two

Umoja 2

  • See Umoja ASTEP counselor
  • Meet with mentors
  • Participate in Umoja ASTEP activities
  • Leadership - Enroll in Special Projects: Special Studies 201 class

 


Umoja ASTEP Team

 

Paula Parks

Dr. Paula Parks
Umoja ASTEP Community Coordinator

pparks@bakersfieldcollege.edu
Dr. Parks on Weebly

 

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward
Umoja ASTEP Community Counselor

jonathan.ward@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Group Photo

From left, Mr. Julian West, Umoja educational advisor; Ms. Kalisha Hudgins, Umoja math instructor; Mr. Jonathan Ward, Umoja counselor and student development instructor; Dr. Paula Parks, Umoja coordinator and English professor; Mr. Michael Little, Umoja math instructor; and Ms. Faith Bradham, Umoja Library 1 instructor.


Umoja ASTEP Photos

Welcome to the Umoja ASTEP Community Celebration

Umoja Community Club African-American Success Through Excellence & Persistence

Umoja Club

2018 Umoja Community Club

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Umoja Club Registration

Mission Statement

The mission of the Umoja Community Club is to promote the unity of African-American students using the foundation of the Umoja Community practices while embracing African-American culture. The Umoja Community Club will provide a culturally based student organization that will work with Bakersfield College administration, faculty, and staff to enhance African American students' experiences and increase student success rates. To achieve this, the Umoja Community Club members will embrace each other with love, support, and peer mentoring within a space where students can freely be themselves and focus on academic success.