All Hands In


Ujima is the third principle or day of Kwanzaa. Although Kwanzaa is rooted in African-American culture, the principles of Kwanzaa support our belief that we are all connected and we must address the needs of our brothers and sisters regardless of our differences. 

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​"To build and maintain our community together and to make our brother's and sister's problems, our problems and to solve them together." - Ujima principle


The Ujima Institute was founded by

Dr. Lisa VanHoose. As a physical therapist and researcher, she believes that individual and societal wellness ​requires village-like efforts.

However, the Institute works due to the efforts of many, not just its owner and founder.


  • Join one or all of our villages to build community and collaborations

  • Develop solutions for our communities and make an impact 

  • Have a safe place to discuss complex topics

  • Book and journal clubs 

  • Find a mentor, a thinking partner, or maybe a friend