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The Umoja Community program for 2017-18 starts this summer. Complete these steps!
  1. Apply for summer admission to Foothill College to register for CNSL 5 (Aug. 14-18)
  2. Apply for Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA at
  3. Schedule an appointment to take English and Math placement tests.
  4. Submit the Program Interest Form.
  5. Attend the Umoja Orientation (Date TBA)
Eligibility Requirements

Along with steps above, you must . . .

  • Meet with an academic counselor to design an academic plan. To schedule an appointment, email Umoja counselor Tracee Cunningham at
  • Be a full-time student (12 or more units)
  • Register in at least one selected Umoja Community Program course
Questions? Email Umoja Coordinators
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What is the Umoja Community Program?

Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, is a year-long learning community and critical resource at Foothill College 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 its students through a curriculum responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas.

Umoja students benefit from

  • A tight-knit campuswide community
  • Comprehensive student support programs
  • On and off-campus enrichment activities, including university visits and conferences
  • A safe place to discuss the real issues that affect students and the broader community

Umoja offers

  • College tours
  • Various faculty and peer tutoring options
  • Culturally relevant literary field trips
  • Student regional and national conferences
  • Book vouchers and school supplies
  • A dedicated academic counselor

Program Requirements

Umoja pairs English, communication, and math together in a three-quarter program.


Summer (August 14-18) 
Counseling 5 Introduction to College

Fall 2017
ENGL 1S  Integrated Composition and Reading /ENGL 242A (co-enrolled) Student Managed Portfolio Development
COMM 4 Group Discussion
CRLP  55 Life Long Learning Strategies

Winter 2018
ENGL 1T  Composition and Reading /ENGL 242B (co-enrolled) Student Managed Portfolio Development
ENGL 12 African American Literature
Math 220 Elementary Algebra (optional dependent on placement score) 

Spring 2018
ENGL 1B Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking Through Literature
PSYCH 22 Psychology of Prejudice
CNSL  85A Transfer Readiness 

*Note: If you score higher than MATH 220 or want to take it earlier, you won’t be precluded from joining Umoja. 

Umoja is a good match if you . . .

  • Like the idea of working with a group of your peers to develop friendships and learn together, while building lasting relationships
  • Want to become an active, responsible, and conscious learner
  • Want to be a part of a supportive on-campus community
  • Have a desire to learn more about African and African American culture and contributions
  • Are already familiar with the culture of working as a team or group toward a common goal

If Umoja sounds right for you, please complete our program interest form.

Page last modified: March 21, 2017