The Mfumo Program at Foothill College
Note: This program is currently on hiatus.
Mfumo (Swahili for "connectedness") is a one-year community learning and peer
support program whose purpose is to increase the retention, matriculation,
and transfer rate of students enrolled at Foothill College. The Mfumo curriculum
has an emphasis on African American literature, writers, and success strategies
in higher education.
Incorporated into the program are accelerated English writing instruction, college
success instruction, academic counseling, and mentoring from administrators, faculty
and staff at Foothill College.
Mfumo has four components that work together to prepare students to receive an AA
degree, complete a career program, or transfer to a four-year college or university.
Mfumo classes provide a supportive and stimulating environment for students.
Students take three consecutive writing classes, English 100, English 110 and English 1A.
These classes have an emphasis on developing writing skills through an exploration
of the African American experience taken predominantly from African American authors.
The College Success courses- Cnsl 1, Cnsl 60, and Cnsl 85H focus on success
strategies for college.
Academic counseling makes it possible for students to explore options about their future
goals. Students work closely with the Mfumo counselor to develop their schedules, explore
career options and identify life goals. Students are required to have at least two meetings
per quarter with the Mfumo counselor.
Students are matched with administrative and faculty mentors from within the Foothill campus
community. Mentors share with the students their personal experiences of what helped them to
succeed in the educational system; how they succeed as professionals while maintaining their
cultural identity; what helps them to now balance family, career and community related activities.
Mentors also serve as resources for student assignments and projects.
The Mfumo program encourages students to participate in the Pass the Torch program and other
tutorial services available at the Foothill campus.
Our students visit three colleges throughout the year. Previous campus tours have included
UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, San Jose Sate University, San Francisco State University,
University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University.
For more information about the Mfumo Program Contact the Mfumo Counselor.
, English Instructor
To apply for the Mfumo program download the Mfumo Application
Submit the application to Jerry Cellilo at the Counseling Office in Room 8301; or
fax it to (650) 949-6125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mfumo is open to Engl 100 and Engl 110 Eligible Students!
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