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Umoja (Multicultural Housing Community)

Umoja (Swahili for ‘Unity’)  is a themed learning environment situated in Cromwell Hall. Umoja provides an intentional space for first year students to create a community around the experience of being Black Indigenous Persons of Color at a predominantly white institution. Residents will be a member of a group that commits to building an affirming community with intentional engagement and programming. This is an opportunity to explore values and share knowledge and experiences. 

Applications for 2024-2025

Application Deadline for 2024-2025: Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 11:59p.m.

Terms to know

PWI: Predominantly White Institution

BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color: Anyone who does not identify solely as white

Black: A person of African or Caribbean descent

Indigenous: A member of the First Peoples (original residents) of a continent

People of Color: Broad descriptor for that includes people from India, East Asia, Mexico, Hawaii, Pacific Islands, Philippines

Residents will explore values, and share knowledge and experiences. This is not a place to silo students of color. Rather a place for residents to engage in conversations centered around race, culture, social justice, and anti-racism. The intentional programming of this community supports residents through mentorship and identity development. The conversations amongst residents of lived experiences are aimed to cultivate community building and support.


An image of twenty Umoja residents, holding up their graduation certificate from the community.

  • BIPOC Inspired Trips
    • Fall 2022: Trip to see Wakanda Forever in theaters
    • Spring 2023: Trip to National Museum of African American History & Culture (co-sponsored with The Black Student Union & Inclusive Excellence)
    • Fall 2024: Trip to see Bob Marley: One Love
  • Mentorship
  • Monthly Hangouts
  • Committee Opportunities
  • Residents who spend the entire year with us will officially graduate from the community and receive a certificate, cord with signature Umoja colors, and an Umoja t-shirt!

“Being a part of the multicultural community was everything I expected and more. The openness, communication, laughter, and enthusiasm everyone had to each other made the year memorable. The community was open to bonding and acceptance, no matter race or gender. It truly was a home away from home. Best decision I ever made in the past year.” -Dare Odukomaiya ’21-’22 Cohort



Residential Education and Housing
Eickhoff Hall, Room 114
The College of New Jersey
PO Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628

609.771.2301 Phone
609.637.5165 Fax
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