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Educating the Whole Student – Mind, Body, and Spirit

A community of learners seeking to illuminate and touch the spirit.

Umoja Sakhu Learning Community

Umoja is a Kiswahili word meaning unity and focuses on the importance of togetherness among family and among members of a community.

Sakhu is a Kemetic or Egyptian term that describes the study of or the illumination of the human spirit.

Umoja Sakhu at American River College (ARC) is a community of learners seeking to illuminate and touch the spirit of our students.

Why Join Umoja Sakhu?

The Umoja Sakhu Learning Community (USLC) at ARC is open to all students and is specifically designed to increase the retention and success rate as well as the graduation and transfer rates of African ancestry students.

With an emphasis on topics relevant to the African American experience, the curriculum focuses on improving reading, writing, self-discipline and critical thinking skills. Program counselors also provide assistance with the personal issues that often hinder African American students in an educational setting.

The Umoja Sakhu motto is to be "intentional and deliberate" in providing students with a variety of tools and resources which help them in achieving their goals. Instructors, counselors and program staff also use community building strategies to enhance students' learning potential.

More About Umoja Sakhu


Dr. Judy Mays, Umoja Sakhu Counselor/Coordinator
(916) 484-8287

Kim Herrell, Umoja Sakhu Counselor/Coordinator
(916) 484-8387

Jeri Marshall, Umoja Instructor

Tanisha Jenkins, Umoja Sakhu Student Personnel Assistant
(916) 877-5014

Umoja Sakhu e-mail:

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Want to Join Umoja Sakhu?

Umoja Sakhu is open to all students and is uniquely designed to increase the success, graduation, and transfer rates of African ancestry students by offering a curriculum and counseling support focused on the unique cultural needs of Black and African American students.

Information meetings for interested students are currently scheduled on
Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:00 pm via Zoom.

To sign up to attend, please send an email to: or, or contact any staff person listed on this site.

Umoja Sakhu Virtual Village

Spring 2022
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Visit Blackademics Canvas site for link to join.