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Umoja Learning Community 2022

This Spring, look for the Umoja Learning Community: The Black Roots of Rock and Roll!  The Umoja Learning Community pairs an African American Studies course with The History of Rock and Roll for a fun, informative combination. (As with all Learning Communities, students are required to enroll in both courses.)
This Learning Community is designed around the principles of the Umoja community for students interested in contemporary issues as played out in the Rock and Roll genre and focuses on reading, writing, and learning about the profound conrtibutions of African American cultures in the United States. 

Umoja Learning Community 2020: Echoes of the Canyon

In spring 2020, the Umoja Learning Community: Modern African History and Literature took part in the writing, editing, and publication of the book Echoes of the Canyon, and students from the Learning Community were interviewed for KNBC News.

SCC Umoja Learning Community and English Department Students on NBCLA News

Purchase Echoes of the Canyon in Paperback Here

Purchase Echoes of the Canyon in Hardcover Here

Echoes of the Canyon is a book written by over 100 SCC students describing their experiences during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020 in poems, short stories, journals, and letters. During this tumultuous time, these students experienced job loss, struggled as "essential employees," and worked selflessly in hospitals and other health care settings. Some lost friends and family members to the pandemic, while others decontaminated daily to keep elderly and pregnant relatives safe.  All had their college years disrupted by the move to remote instruction, despite obstacles ranging from lack of internet access to homelessness.

These amazing students have not only produced a moving and engaging book, but they are donating all profits from its sale to the Hawks Nest Food Pantry in the hope that the stories of their struggles will benefit other SCC students in need.

Paperback copies are $12 each.

Hardcover copies are $30 each.