Sankofa is a learning community designed to support transfer students and to increase academic and personal success. This program addresses students' needs through academic support services and a curriculum focused on African-American themes, topics, and issues. Sankofa is for students who are serious about getting a good education, willing to work hard, and want to study the topics covered in our course content. Sankofa students will gain the tools for greater persistence, resiliency, and success in the university environment.
"Sankofa" is a word of the Akan language that teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated.
-W.E.B DuBois Learning Center
Sankofa Scholars is an innovative access and retention program that aims to smooth the process of transition from community college to Cal State East Bay (CSUEB). The one-year cohort program will provide an educational experience that includes intensive counseling, advising, and a community building opportunity to increase baccalaureate degree attainment for Sankofa Scholar participants. Working in a cohort-based learning community, students in the Sankofa program will take classes together, study together, and advance together. Students will complete their upper division GE requirement (B6, C4, D4) by taking successive courses during their first year at Cal State East Bay. Sankofa Scholar Program enables students to integrate their home identities with their school identity by creating a sense of community within a cohort. While the Sankofa Scholar Program is open to all students, the curriculum focuses on the issues related to the African-American experience and culture. In addition to, helping students complete the university’s upper division GE Requirements.
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Phone: (510) 885-3616
- May 29, 2015 – Sankofa Scholars Application Deadline
Sankofa Scholars Program Requirements
Must be an incoming transfer student at CSUEB in Fall
Must make a full commitment to the Sankofa program for one academic year
Former Daraja Program or the Umoja Community students will be given preference