SUM Corps

About SUM Corps

Promoting Mathematical Excellence and Equity in Seattle Public Schools

Born out of Seattle University’s mission for academic excellence and social justice, Seattle University Mathematics (SUM) Corps works to promote equity in mathematics in the diverse environments of Seattle Public Schools.

Tutors with SUM Corps work in classrooms during the school day and lead a mathematics extended learning program after school. Our mission is to:

  • Supplement local scholars' mathematics education
  • Foster a love of math
  • Help scholars develop non-cognitive skills for success
  • Empower scholars through knowledge

Join us! 

Please contact our program director, Dr. Yurasovskaya, to learn more.

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In addition, our students have the opportunity to present at conferences. Recently, SUM Corps team leads presented at the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association (SUURA) Conference and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) sectional meeting.

About SUM Corps

Our Programs

Bailey Gatzert Elementary School

Help out in the classroom by becoming a daytime volunteer or run a second-grade after school mathematics program!

Middle College High School

Assist with instruction during daytime hours and become an academic mentor to high school students!

Join SUM Corps!

Are you as Seattle University student? Do you love math? Do you want to help close educational opportunity gaps in our public schools?


We offer a number of hour-flexible paid positions at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and Middle College High School. You will be trained in racial equity and classroom techniques, work in a supportive team of other Seattle University students, and receive mentorship from knowledgeable SU faculty and Seattle University Youth Initiative staff.

⇒ Please contact our program director, Dr. Yurasovskaya, to learn more.

Working with SUM Corps has taught me about my local community, helped me become a better leader, and impacted my understanding of social justice.

Camille Zaug SUM Corps Team Lead


Ekaterina Yurasovskaya

Program Director

(206) 296-8465

Student Testimonials

Kelemua Tesfaye, MCHS (2021)

SUM Corps has given me an opportunity to leverage the mathematical skills I gained at SU for communities I see myself in. Building with the students, teachers, and staff at MCHS is always rejuvenating, and has inspired my interest in challenging classroom dynamics. If you see yourself in the students we get to work with or are passionate about implementing critically engaged pedagogy I highly encourage you to join!

Sam Hesler, MCHS (2021)

Working for SUM Corps allows me to connect with the students beyond the mathematics curriculum. I try to be as much of a role model as possible and to connect with the students in a way that makes them feel comfortable discussing whatever they want with me. Growing up, I wish I had someone to look up to that was just a few years ahead of me in life and I hope to be that person for them, while also helping them out with their math.

Nina Glasgo, SUM Corps (2022)

Working with SUM Corps has taught me how valuable our work is to the community, and that our efforts to help the scholars learn the material and engage in the curriculum makes a huge difference in how they interact with their peers, teachers, and community. We are not just teaching them math, we are also teaching them how to be engaged.