Umoja Students Develop Library Display

Black History DisplayIn early February, Umoja students worked with the library staff to develop a display for Black History Month.

Students in Tina Chen’s English 1A class selected “African American Influence on American Culture” as the display theme, and each student selected a book reflecting his or her interests.

Topic favorites ranged from rap music to professional sports to scientific discovery. Some of the books recommended include:

Student, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Black History Month with a good book. You may view a complete list of the students’ selections online.

Stop by the library and check out one (or as many) that interest you!

The Great Holiday Food Drive of 2016

Since 2013, The Umoja Academic Success Program has partnered with the Associated Student Government (ASG) and Second Harvest Food Bank in holding a Holiday Canned Food Drive.  The event kicks off in early November and typically ends before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Second Harvest LogoThe Umoja Program encourages its students and the campus at large to engage as active members in their community. With this in mind, Umoja has utilized the Holiday Canned Food Drive as a way to bring the community and College together. According to Second Harvest, every 1.2 pounds of food donated provides families with one meal. Over the last two academic years alone, the SJCC campus community has contributed roughly 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Second Harvest during the Holiday Canned Food Drive.

Santa Clara County includes some of the largest tech companies, highest incomes, and most expensive real estate in the nation; however, there are stark economic contrasts. Many of the County’s citizens are poor working-class families and many live in poverty.

Umoja is proud to help lead the way in providing assistance to community members who are less fortunate, especially around Thanksgiving.

San José City College was able to provide our community with 246 meals over the holiday season. Umoja would like to give a special thanks to the SJCC Women’s Basketball team for their generous donations.

Together, we can positively affect our community!