UMOJA Community

It takes a village...

Fresno City College offers two student support programs, IDILE and SYMBAA, that are part of the Umoja community.

Umoja promotes student success and improved lifetime outcomes for all students through a curriculum that is responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas. When you are part of IDILE and/or SYMBAA, you are part of the larger community of Umoja.

Umoja is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.


The IDILE program, with an emphasis on the African American student experience, assists students in achieving success and is designed to increase the number of African American students transferring to four-year universities.


The Fresno City College SYMBAA (Strengthening Young Minds by Academic Achievement) Program, provides services and support to assist with ensuring Fresno City College students are afforded the opportunity to transfer to a four-year university at UC/CSU/HBCU or any applicable college system, earn an AA/AS degree, certificates, and or vocational training.



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Counseling Appointments


Dr. Arrie Smith

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arrie Smith

Phone: 559.443.8685


Ms. Tonia Knott

Schedule an appointment with Ms. Tonia Knott

Phone: 559.443.2134

Wednesdays - Fridays



Fresno City College

Attn: Student Services - IDILE/SYMBAA
1101 E University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741

559 442-8200 #8226


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  1. Enrolled in or has been enrolled in one or more Umoja cohort classes (Eng-1A, Afram-1, Couns-53, Math)
  2. Meet with an Umoja counselor once a semester with an updated Student Education Plan
  3. Uses or has used Umoja-sponsored resources, student services, or academic support services (tutoring, mentoring, etc.)
  4. Participating or participated in at least two of the following Umoja-sponsored activities: Porch Talk, leadership activities, college tour, club, or campus event

Umoja is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. 

We provide:

Ongoing services and Supports

  • Priority registration*
  • “Village” space
  • Rituals and celebrations, such as Black Graduation and Middle Passage
  • Umoja club (PASU)
  • Business mixers (Community)
  • Tours of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) & local Universities
  • Awards
  • Connections to student government (ASG)
  • Community Involvement
  • Memorandum of understanding (MOUs) with four-year institutions*

Wraparound services

  • One on One Counseling
  • Mentoring (Peer+)
  • 1 on 1 Tutoring (Peer+)
  • Lending Library
  • Transportation (FCC ID cards)
  • Clothing - referrals
  • Food – FCC Pantry & Community
  • Social work intern providing non-academic support*

Fall                              Spring 

English 1A                  English 1A

Counseling 53           Counseling 48

Afram-1                       Afram-1


FCC Admissions & Records

Phone: 559.443.8604
Admissions and Records


Phone: 559.443.8548

Book Store

Cal Works

Phone: 559.442.8286


Career & Employment Center

Phone: 559.442-8294

Career and Employment Center 


Student Organizations


Phone: 559.442.8237


Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)

Phone: 559.442.8231

FCC Financial Aid

Phone: 559.442.8245
Financial Aid

Health & Wellness Center

Phone: 559-442-8268

Health & Wellness Center

HOPE Program


Housing Opportunities Promote Education (HOPE)

FCC Library

Phone: 559.442.8204

Library Technology Loans

Phone: 559.442.8204

Library Tech. Loans


Programs to Help You Succeed

Psychological Services Office

Phone: 559.443.8687
Psychological Services

RAM Pantry

Phone: 559.443.8688
RAM Pantry

Student Activities

Phone: 559.443.8688

Student Activities 

Transfer Center

Phone: 559.442.8290 

Transfer Center

Tutorial Center

Phone: 559.442.8209


Welcome Center & Outreach

Phone: 559.442.8225

Welcome Center & Outreach

*Porch Talks – (OAB 251 - 11:00am – 1:00pm)

  • October – Domestic Violence
  • November – Thankfulness
  • December – Cram Jam
  • January – New Year, New You
  • February – Will You Be My Valentine? Do you have Rizz?
  • March 13 – Women’s History Month – What’s the Tea?
  • April 10 – Let’s Chill – Paint & Sip

Sista 2 Sista – (Dates & Times TBA)

Barbershop – (Dates & Times TBA)

  • Sports Talk: Who’s the GOAT?
  • Men’s Etiquette: Dress for Success
  • Relationships: Being Emotionally Available
  • Career: Finding Your Purpose
  • Boys 2 Men

*HBCU Tour (October)

*UMOJA Student Leadership Conference (November)

*College/University campus tours – (Fall & Spring semesters)

*Semester Shout-OutsWe See You (January & May)

*HBCU Caravan – HBCU Representatives @ FCC (February)

*UMOJA Symposia – A2MEND (March)

*Black Graduation Celebration (May)

*Rites of Passage (May)

*Summer Learning Institute (SLI) (June)

*Summer Bridge (July)

*Student Leadership Summit (SLS) (August)

*Welcome Black Week/Cookout (August)

*Cultural Activities/Workshops (TBA)

Black Graduation 2023

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