Umoja Program

The Renaissance Scholars Program is now called Umoja Community at MVC


The Umoja Community at MVC is born out of the Harlem Renaissance which produced a rebirth in African American art, literature, music, and culture. Ultimately to be part of the Umoja Community at MVC means rebirth of self and the collective rebirth of others.

The Umoja Community at MVC is dedicated to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in our institution, earn their degrees, transfer to four-year colleges or universities, and return to the community as leaders and mentors for future generations.



Mission Statement

The Umoja Community at MVC seeks to educate African American students about their African cultural heritage in order to promote and uplift an African American centered consciousness. The development of the academic, professional and leadership potential of African American students is centered on seven program principles: unity, self, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Student centeredness is reflected in the area of program identification of the needs and concerns of Moreno Valley College African American students and the development of interventions to address the needs and concerns.



Select one of the programs listed below.


Workshops & Events


Contact Us


Gertrude Lopez (Umoja Community at MVC Coordinator)


Student Services building, room 306

Phone number:

(951) 571-6446