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Umoja ASTEP

What is Umoja 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.
  • Mentorship: Students, who request, 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 coordinator and counselor
  • Complete FAFSA application
  • Have not completed any of the required courses (English 1a or Student Dev 2 and 6)

Program Requirements

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

Year One

Summer 2019

  • Participate in "Welcome to the Umoja Community" Aug. 14-15 or Aug. 19-20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fall 2019

  • Enroll in the Umoja ASTEP learning community: English 1a  (3.5 units) taught by Dr. Paula Parks and Library 1 (1 unit) taught by Ms. Faith Bradham or Ms. Allison Burch; and Student Development B6: Tools for College Success (3 units), taught by Umoja ASTEP counselor Mr. Jonathan Ward.
  • Optional courses: Math 22 (statistics) taught by Mr. Michael Little
  • 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; 12:45-1:30 English 1a English 1a
2:35-4:00 Student Development B6 Student Development B6
Option 2
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:45-10:50 ‐Library 1  
10:30-12:35; 12:45-1:30 English 1a English 1a
2:30-4:00 Student Development B6 Student Development B6

Spring 2020

  • Enroll in the Umoja ASTEP learning community: English 1a: Introductory Composition (with an African-American emphasis) (3.5 units), taught by Dr. Parks and Library 1 (1 unit) taught by Ms. Faith Bradham; OR English 1b: Intro to Types of Lit (3 units) ; and Student Development 2, taught by Umoja ASTEP counselor Mr. Jonathan Ward.
  • COMM 1: Public Speaking taught by Ms. Mychael Phillips
  • Optional courses: Math 22 taught by Mr. Michael Little, Umoja Astronomy 2 taught by Mr. Gilbert Ayuk
  • Stay in contact with mentors
  • Participate in Umoja ASTEP activities

Year Two

Umoja 2

  • See Umoja counselor
  • Stay in touch with the Umoja coordinator
  • Meet with mentors
  • Participate in Umoja ASTEP activities and study sessions
  • Leadership - Enroll in EDUC course

Umoja ASTEP Team

 
Paula Parks

Dr. Paula Parks
Umoja Community ASTEP Coordinator

pparks@bakersfieldcollege.edu
Dr. Parks on Weebly

Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward
Umoja Community ASTEP Counselor

jonathan.ward@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Group Photo

From left to right: Mr. Michael Little, math professor; Mr. Jonathan Ward, Umoja Counselor and Student Development Professor; Dr. Paula Parks, Umoja Coordinator and English Professor; and Ms. Faith Bradham, Librarian


Umoja ASTEP Photos

Welcome to the Umoja ASTEP Community Celebration 2016

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.

Umoja Club's Black History Month Conference 2019