Meet with Merced College Umoja, A2 MEND, or Black Student Union.

The Black and African American Students Program is an exciting initiative at Merced College. Although the primary focus of the program is on the achievement of African-American students, our services are open to all students who desire the nurturing services offered by the program.

Services Provided

  • Academic Advising
  • Course Registration Assistance
  • Student Educational Planning
  • Major & Career Advising
  • Transfer Advising
  • Resource Referrals

Meet with a Merced College Counselor.

Umoja, (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. We believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success. Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas.

Visit the Umoja Website


Louis Foy
[email protected]

Umoja Interest Form

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We, the members of the African American Male Education Network Development (A2 MEND) organization, insures the interest and success of Black Administrators, faculty, staff and students within the California Community College system.

The African American Male Educational Network and Development (A2 MEND) organization is comprised of African American male educators who utilize scholarly and professional expertise to foster institutional change within the community college system with a focus on the success of African American male students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Visit the A2MEND website


Janee Young
[email protected]

Travis Hicks
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Our mission is to promote the development of student community and cultural awareness to achieve academic excellence. Merced College strives to create a safe space for all students by leading a cooperative and understanding environment for all students within our community and surrounding communities. Merced College welcomes students from all different backgrounds and walks of life to join BSU.


Victor Smith
[email protected]

Umoja Contact

A2 MEND Contact

Black Student Union Contact