Umoja Black Community Engagement Program

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The Umoja Black Community Engagement Program is a recently established initiative dedicated to the academic, professional, and personal empowerment of the Ottawa regions’ African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) communities. The Umoja Program is managed by the Carleton University Student Experience Office and led by African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) Graduate and Undergraduate students.

Umoja is a Swahili word that means “unity”. We handpicked this name because we are a Pan-Africanist organization dedicated to addressing anti-Black racism in education through pro-Blackness and the unity of all people of African descent. Our logo is a combination of Marcus Garvey’s Pan-African flag and the adinkra symbol for unity, Nkonsonkonson, to represent our Pan-Africanist principles as well as the everlasting connection between Africa and the diaspora. The Umoja program is for all who are racialized as Black regardless of one’s ethnic, national, gender, or sexual identities. Black people are not a monolith, and we are deeply committed to ensuring that our programming is intersectional and inclusive of the diversity within the community.

  • We host public education programs and events that both seek to dismantle anti-Black racism in society and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of the ACB community.
  • We develop programming and events that strive to address the impact of anti-Black racism on educational and career outcomes for ACB students, youth, and community members.
  • We help ACB students and youth manage academic transitions, develop career-ready skills, and build personal connections.

We work with an advisory team to develop and host educational programming that is authentic, inclusive, and designed by the community for the community. Our events and programs are student-led, community-centered and open to ACB students, youth, educators, community members and allies.

The Umoja Program is managed by the Carleton University Student Experience Office and led by Graduate and Undergraduate students.

You can get in touch with our team by emailing us at

We offer events that are designed for Carleton students, high school students, and community members.

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Umoja Events (Carleton, Community, and High School)

There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.

Are you looking for the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP)?

ACMP, founded by Dr. Warren Clarke, continues to deliver programming and support for African, Caribbean and Black youth and students but had expanded its programming beyond Carleton University and the Ottawa region. You can learn more about ACMP on their website.