Black History Month Celebration & Basketball Tournament (February 22 - 23, 2019)
Palo Verde College Campus
Clancy Osborne Physical Education Center
One College Drive, Blythe, CA 92225

This event, sponsored by the PVC Pirates Basketball Club and the PVC Umoja Community, will feature local basketball teams competing to triumph as the best in the Palo Verde Valley. Black History Month events, activities, and celebrations will be featured with the conclusion of the basketball tournament on Saturday February 23rd. Contact Jaclyn Randall for more information (; 760.921.5503)


Umoja XIV Conference (November 2018)
Riverside Convention Center
3637 5th Street, Riverside, CA 92501

"I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change...I'm changing the things I cannot accept." Angela Davis.

The Umoja XIV Conference theme invited participants to engage in a critical dialogue about the challenges that impact African American students attuned to the legacy of the African Diaspora. Attendees were actively engaged in exploring solutions to implement at our 64 affiliate campuses. The conference featured empowering speakers, culturally relevant discussions, and networking opportunities for more than 1,200 attendees. Students, faculty, and staff attended the conference in the spirit of open exchange. As a result, we explored our intersectional identities and brought change our communities need.

Day of the Dead Celebration (November 2018)
Palo Verde College Campus
One College Drive, Blythe, CA 92225

Featuring live music, food, crafts, and a guest speaker, the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos celebration, brought together students, faculty, staff, and the community from the Palo Verde Valley. The celebration's main event was a screening of Disney's/Pixar's Coco in the Francis T. Arneson Performing Arts Theatre. The Umoja Community @ PVC offered support to this event and fundraised for Umoja Scholarships selling churros.

Umoja Summer Learning Institute (June 2018)
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, CA 92118

The Summer Learning Institute (SLI) was an intensive retreat designed for Umoja Community program staff. The training focused on immersing attendees in the philosophy, pedagogy, theoretical foundations, and best practices based on the Umoja Community model. Educators from California Community Colleges had the opportunity to engage in courageous and bold discussions with other Umoja Community program staff. Participants were encouraged to attend as a college team, as they were given the opportunity to discuss and refine their programs based on information learned at the institute. Examples of content presented at the SLI included program structure and implementation, elements of African customs and rituals, and cultural applications for teaching English, math, and college success/guidance courses.