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President's Podcast #03 - Learn about Umoja

Post Date:12/19/2019 8:00 AM


Left-to-Right: David Martin (Interim Superintendent/President), LaKisha Bradley (Director of Student Success and Equity & Marina Education Center), Stephanie Perkins (EOPs Calworks/CARE Categorical Services Coordinator II & Tri-chair for Guided Pathways), Kendra Cabrera (Social Science Division Chair & Department Chair for Ethnic Studies), and Cheyenne Bossett (MPC Student)

#03 - Umoja takes off at MPC!


October 3, 2019: 30 minutes
Produced by:
Kristin Darken
Music by:
Cody Arvidson

Umoja has taken off at MPC with over 91 students actively enrolled as participants since the launch at the beginning of the semester!

In this podcast episode, Interim Superintendent/President David Martin interviews several key individuals who were influential in bringing this program to campus. Co-coordinator Stephanie Perkins expresses her excitement about the initial successes by stating, "What excites me is the institutional enthusiasm supporting UMOJA.  We have full support at the leadership level in the Superintendent/President's office and the MPC Board of Trustees.  We have campus-wide support and participation by classified, faculty and administrative staff.  We have a partnership with Hartnell's UMOJA program, and the Village Project in Seaside. We are currently building a coalition with the CSUMB African American Faculty and Staff, and look to the future for building a relationship with UC Santa Cruz.  Most of all. I am excited to see African American students comfortable in their own skin. It warms my heart to see our scholars, student athletes stepping forward."

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