Course/Volunteer Opportunity: Become a MESA Math & Science Tutor

Want to make a difference to traditionally underrepresented high school students while becoming involved in the UW community? Become a Seattle MESA math and science tutor for high school students. You get specialized training with a cohort of peers, credit for your time, experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, and the opportunity to make an impact on local high school students.



Are you:

  • An engaging communicator or teacher?
  • Committed to diversity and inclusion?
  • Comfortable with algebra and/or geometry at the high school level?
  • A UW undergraduate or graduate student?


Seattle MESA provides opportunities and resources that inspire students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, to pursue education and careers in math, engineering and science (  We are offering a tutor training program for UW graduate and undergraduate students as well as community members  to work with high school students in math and science.


Seattle MESA Tutors must complete to following:

  • Complete a Seattle MESA Introductory Tutoring Training Workshop (CENV 410).
  • Attend a weekly seminar during the first quarter of tutoring (CENV 420 offered Autumn or Winter quarters).
  • Tutor students once a week on site at a partner school.
  • Complete and pass the appropriate subject area test.
  • Complete a background check through the Seattle Public Schools and follow UW volunteer guidelines.

HOW AND WHEN CAN I START? Register now for the fall MESA Introductory Tutor Training Workshop (C ENV 410 Special Topics in the Fall Time Schedule). This is a 1 credit hour tutor skills and cultural competency training designed to get you ready to work one on one and in small groups with high school students in math. You will observe teachers and your students in their classrooms and complete a series of assignments and reflections.  There will be two workshops opportunities offered in fall quarter: one in October and the other in November. The two workshop opportunities meet three Wednesdays each:  Sept. 24, Oct.1 and 8 from 3-5 pm; OR Nov 5,12, and 19 from 4-6pm.  All students must also be able to complete a classroom observation during the day at a local high school.  


CAN SEATTLE MESA TUTORING COUNT TOWARDS MY MAJOR OR MINOR? Maybe!  Our tutoring training program coursework can fulfill the Field Experience requirement for the ELS minor and may be considered as credits towards the Diversity minor.   

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