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About Us

The UMOJA Scholars Program is in development and being built in partnership with the national UMOJA Community. Umoja is a Kiswahili word meaning: Unity. The UMOJA Scholars Program is a supportive learning community providing critical resources dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of Black, African American, and other students. We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized and honored, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success. The BC UMOJA Scholars Program actively supports and promotes student success through ethnocentric curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African, and African American Diasporas and experiences of students.

The UMOJA Scholars Program at Bellevue College provides culturally relevant:

  • College entry knowledge and support
  • Coaching with financial aid application process
  • Dedicated academic advising to create an academic road map to achieve your goals
  • Dedicated instructors with culturally relevant teaching practices
  • Access to mental health counseling (African American Counselor)
  • Dedicated tutoring from faculty and peers
  • Intentional connections to campus and community resources
  • Assistance with university transfer process
Umoja Scholars Program Brochure

Want more information about our Bellevue College UMOJA Scholars Program? Please fill out the UMOJA Scholars Program Interest Form below and/or contact the UMOJA Faculty & Staff listed below:

UMOJA Scholars Program Information Sessions UMOJA Scholars Program Interest Form

Darnita Boynton Howard, Program Lead                                

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Meet Our Staff

Darnita Boynton Howard

Umoja Scholars Program Lead

Mausumi Maulik

Mathematics Faculty

Trevor Gamble

Physics Faculty

Bryan Brown

Mental Health Counselor

Shavon English

Academic Advisor

Raising “Intentional & Deliberate”, Ethic of Love- the Affective Domain, Manifesting, Umoja Counseling: Affirming, Integrated, Intentional, The Porch, Live Learning, Language as Power, Tapping African American Intellectual, Spiritual, and Artistic Voices, Awareness of Connectedness to African Diaspora, Community-building Communal Intelligence, Acceleration- English, Math, ESL, and Counseling, Occupy Study Spaces on Campus, Mentoring, Mattering, Umoja as Power Base, Encircling Diversity, Gifting, Everybody’s Business.


  • Any applicant who has graduated from high school, or
  • Is 16 or 17 years old with proof of GED completion, or
  • Is 18 years of age or older

Application Process

  1. Completion of Bellevue College Application
  2. Completion of FAFSA or WAFSA
  3. Completion of Umoja Scholars Program Student Application
  4. Interview conducted by Umoja Scholars Team
  5. Acceptance into Bellevue College and Umoja Scholars Program
  6. The Journey Begins!

Umoja Scholars Student Application

Last Updated March 31, 2022