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The Umoja Community program for 2016-17 starts this fall. Complete these steps!
  1. Apply for fall admission to Foothill College.
  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 on Wednesday, September 21 from
    1-3 p.m. in RM 5419
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
Academic Counseling

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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

  • Motivation by offering classes in a learning community format, inspirational workshops and field trips, and student-centered events throughout the quarter

  • Connection to campus resources and other support services

  • Academic help through study groups, tutoring, and specialized workshops

  • Cultural understanding by providing educational forums and events that reflect and discuss African-American culture, history, and social concerns

Program Requirements

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

Fall 2016
COMM 4 Group Discussion    
ENGL 209 Introduction to College Reading or ENGL 110 Introduction to College Writing  

Winter 2017
ENGL 12 African American Literature 
ENGL 110 Introduction to College Writing or ENGL 1A Composition & Reading

Spring 2017
MATH 220 Elementary Algebra*
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading or ENGL 1B Composition, Critical Reading & Thinking Through Literature

*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: September 14, 2016