In an effort to create a greater University of Arizona-going culture within the Sunnyside Unified School District, we have joined UArizona to create a comprehensive partnership! Our hope is to provide student support around college preparation, planning, and social integration to familiarize high school students with the university campus, community, and culture.
We currently have two UArizona staff members dedicated to supporting SUSD students with their post-secondary education aspirations.
Nadia M. Rodriguez is a School Relations Coordinator for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Arizona. Her position provides direct support to SUSD students in their college-going journey. As a first generation student, she is committed to helping as many students as possible reach their post-graduate plans. Nadia is very excited to see all the amazing things our students will do.
Felisia Tagaban Gaskin (Navajo/Tlingit/Filipino) was hired by Sunnyside, in partnership with UArizona and the College of Education, to create pathways for Native American SUSD students into higher education. Felisia is here to support Indigenous SUSD students as they pursue their goals beyond graduation AND to address systemic and structural barriers that deter their success. Felisia is so thankful to be a part of both institutions! In her spare time, she is a UArizona PhD student with a passion to serve Native American students, families and communities.