The first UMOJA program can be traced back to 1988 at Chabot College in Hayward, CA known at the time as the Daraja Project. Since 1988, many California Community Colleges have formed support programs designed to increase the retention, persistence, and success of African American students.  

In 2007, the separate college programs began to unify into one UMOJA Community.  The UMOJA Community has grown to include 55 California Community Colleges, 1 California State University, and 1 community college in the State of Washington. 

The UMOJA Community program at San Diego City College has been in existence since 2007.  The program includes both Personal Growth and English courses, as well as math support.

The UMOJA Community serves more than 4,000 students throughout California.

The Umoja Community is endorsed by the California Community College Chancellor's Office and has several key partnerships including the HBCU Transfer Project, A2MEND, M2C3, and more.