Marissiko M. Wheaton
Marissiko M. Wheaton

Marissiko M. Wheaton

Cohort: 2015

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

University of California, Irvine B.A. Social Ecology
New York University, M.A. Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration

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Higher Education

Research Interest

Student activism; Social Identity; Social Justice & Diversity Education; Campus climate

Marissiko M. Wheaton

Marissiko is a Ph.D student in the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she worked in Student Affairs and Higher Education. She has served as a Social Justice Educator for Intergroup Dialogue as well as international civic engagement and service-learning programs. Marissiko developed and oversaw living-learning communities for upperclass students as a Residence Hall Director at New York University. While at NYU, she consulted as a Residential Life and Diversity Educator at the NYU Shanghai campus. She most recently served as Resident Director on the Semester at Sea: Fall 2014 Atlantic Voyage. Throughout her career, Marissiko has enjoyed being engaged in programs which provide students a space to explore their social identities through a social justice lens in multiple contexts. Thus, her research interests include college student social identity, student activism and campus climate.

Marissiko attended community college at Santa Monica College and transferred to the University of California, Irvine where she earned her B.A. in Social Ecology. She obtained her masters degree in Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration from New York University.


Professional Experience:

Research Assistant, Pullias Center for Higher Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, August 2015 - Present

Coordinator of Social Justice Programs, Social Justice Resource Center, Mills College, January 2015 - August 2015

Resident Director of Service-Learning, Fall 2014 Atlantic Voyage, Semester at Sea: Institute of Shipboard Education, August 2014 - December 2014

Residence Hall Director, Office of Residential Life and Housing Services, New York University, August 2009 - August 2014

Diversity and Residential Life Consultant,  NYU Shanghai, June - August 2013

Facilitator (Instructor) & Coach, Intergroup Dialogue Course, New York University, August 2010 - April 2014

Advisor, Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service, New York University, August 2007 - May 2009

Selected Publications

  • Kezar, A., & Wheaton, M. M. (2017). The Value of Connective Leadership: Benefiting from Women's Approach to Leadership While Contending with Traditional Views. About Campus21(6), 19-26.
  • Kezar, A., Acuña Avilez, A., Drivalas, Y., & Wheaton, M. M. (2017). Building Social Change Oriented Leadership Capacity Among Student Organizations: Developing Students and Campuses Simultaneously. New Directions for Student Leadership2017(155), 45-57.
  • Sundt, M. A., Cole, D., & Wheaton, M. (2017). Using Data to Guide Diversity Work and Enhance Student Learning. New Directions for Student Services2017(159), 93-103.

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