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Ujamaa Achievement Program

The Ujamaa Achievement Program of the Black Student Center is a community of learners dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, professional advancement, and community engagement. Participants will engage in a variety of opportunities that will complement their academic engagement and elevate their experience at Cal State San Marcos! 

By participating in this program, students will have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills needed to navigate through higher education and become confident and competitive for their career field following graduation. In addition to learning skills to become academically strong, students in the Ujamaa Achievement will build community amongst their peers, CSUSM staff, faculty and administration. 

A unique component of the Ujamaa Achievement Program is the mentorship component. The term Ujamaa (pronounced "OO-juh-muh"), is a term in the East African language of Kiswahili which means the process of working together as an extended family to build and maintain a cohesive community. Students in the Ujamaa Achievement Program are assigned to a CSUSM student who will serve as their mentor. In this program, students will take the concepts from each monthly focus and discuss and futher develop them with their mentor to establish academic, personal, and career goals.

Join us on Saturday, September 9th 2023 for an overview of the Ujamaa Achievement Program to take the first step to elevate your academic journey at CSUSM! 

Students can register at  Ujamaa 2023-2024 Registration

For all inquires, please contact Shanelle Watkins at or Layla Shine at