Mexican American Student Services

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us

Tucson Unified is celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with some exciting presentations.
All will take place in the auditorium at Santa Rita High School and are open to the public.

Wednesday, September 21 from 12:15-1:05
Dr. Lydia Otero from the University of Arizona Mexican American Studies Department
"Heritage: Preserving Space and Place"

Wednesday, September 28 from 12:15-1:05
Director: John Contreras
Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School (pictured above)

Thursday, September 29 from 12:15-1:15)
Adela Navarrette
"Calavera Dreaming - South Tucson Culture & Art"

Wednesday, October 5 from 12:15-1:05
Tucson Artist and Author Alex Jimenez
"Abecedario del Sur"

Thursday, October 6 from 12:15-1:15
Alfonso Chavez
Flowers and Bullets: Urban Farming Collective
"Creating community and connection through art and sustainability"

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage month is here! What are we doing to honor it?

As culturally responsive educators, we integrate our Mexican American/Latino students’ cultures and experiences into our curriculum and instruction every day. September 15-October 15 marks our National Hispanic Heritage month. This was established in 1968 to honor the unique contributions of Hispanos/Latinos in the U.S.

Share how you integrate the Mexican American/Latino experiences into your classroom via email, Facebook, or school website.


Contact: María C. Federico Brummer
Mexican American Student Services Director

Mission Statement

As the Mexican American Student Services Department Staff, we advocate for students’ academic achievement and social well-being. This is achieved by collaboratively working with TUSD schools and families by offering direct and auxiliary services, such as tutoring and mentoring.

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About Us

Mexican American Student Services is a service oriented department serving Tucson Unified School District Latino students and monitoring student progress for success.

The MASSD will assist with the improvement of academic achievement of Latino students and promote cultural sensitivity through our schools and community. We provide individualized and specialized learning support, cultural awareness, and community tutoring and mentoring. Our department works with schools, exceptional education and other district departments to meet student needs. Even though the department's primary focus are Latino students, we serve all students.

Student Success Specialists placed in schools provide direct services during in-class instruction, before and after school tutoring.

The Mexican American Student Services Department staff is composed of 14 Student Success Specialists, one Administrative Assistant and one Director. The Department is housed inside the Wakefield Building C; the physical address is 101 W. 44th Street. Our office is located next to the TUSD Wakefield Family Resource Center.

Our Student Success Specialists are assigned to these school sites.

Department Goals 2016-2017

  • Offer mathematics and reading tutoring services and in-class support for students in 15 TUSD school sites.
  • Establish mentoring, community service connections and advocacy programs that help increase Latino students' attendance, academic performance and graduation rate.
  • Engage with community organizations and college partnerships to offer mentoring, tutoring and community services to TUSD families.
  • Show an increase in Latino students' academic achievement.
  • Implement mentoring and tutoring programs to recognize students' academic and social goals.

Community Partnerships

The following community organizations offer resources to students and families.