Dr. Marissa Vasquez Urias

Marissa Vasquez

Marissa Vasquez, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) at San Diego State University (SDSU). Broadly, her research seeks to better understand the experiences, factors, and conditions that facilitate success among Latinx students in college, particularly Latino males. Her research agenda has focused on three areas: (1) the pre/post transitional experiences of Latinx community college transfer students to four-year institutions; (2) understanding the experiences of Latinx students in college settings from multiple perspectives; and (3) exploring the role of community colleges in creating equitable environments for disproportionately impacted students. As the Associate Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), Dr. Vasquez leads multiple projects that involve institutional needs assessments for disproportionately impacted students in community colleges. Dr. Vasquez is also the Director of the Aztec Research Fellowship Program (ARFP), an undergraduate research program aimed at increasing the pipeline of historically marginalized students who pursue a graduate degree (primarily those who began at a community college).

Dr. Vasquez earned an A.A. degree from Southwestern College, a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.A. in Counseling with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Development from the University of San Diego, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. Go here to learn more about Dr. Vasquez (link this to