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TUSD puts 2 ethnic programs under directors
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Jan 14, 2004
By Sarah Garrecht Gassen
The TUSD Governing Board created new director positions for its Raza/Mexican-American
Studies and Pan Asian Studies departments Tuesday night.
The board will also hire an executive director of multicultural studies to
oversee efforts to specifically help minority students.
The moves came after months of pressure from the community asking the Tucson
Unified School District for director positions for the Raza/Mexican-American and
Pan Asian departments, which now puts them on equal footing with the
African-American and Native American studies departments, which have
historically had director-level administrators.
The executive director position was created but left unfilled so far, by the
administrative restructuring Superintendent Stan Paz did last summer.
It will cost the district about $105,000 a year for the new executive director's
position, which was already budgeted. The two new director jobs will cost a
total of up to $200,000 a year, which the district must find within the existing
Paz said creating director positions in the Raza/Mexican-American and Pan Asian
departments is an issue of equity and parity.
The board voted unanimously to advertise nationally for the new jobs, as well as
the existing but unfilled directorship of African-American Studies, as soon as
"It's important for the community to see we're doing the right thing," Paz said.
The directorships emerged as a hot issue over the summer when Paz restructured
the administration and community groups were upset by a lack of minority
individuals in his executive-level staff.
"This is good news," said Gus Chavez, Pima Community College history department
faculty member who criticized Paz for the restructuring. "It's about time the
Mexican-American Studies Department was on equal par with the other programs.
We're the greater part of the population, and we deserve our own programs and at
least a director."