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About Marissa Vasquez Urias

Dr. Marissa Vasquez Urias is Assistant Professor of Community College Leadership and Associate Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) – Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) at San Diego State University. Dr. Vasquez Urias serves as a Faculty Affiliate with Project MALES at the University of Texas at Austin. She is actively engaged in critical and applied research that challenges structural and cultural praxis that prevent equitable outcomes for underserved students in higher education, particularly Latino and African American men. She earned an associate degree from Southwestern College, bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, master’s degree in Counseling from the University of San Diego, and EdD in Community College/Postsecondary Education Leadership from San Diego State University.


2015 Present Assistant Professor, San Diego State University ‐ ARPE

Research Interests

community college, Latino/a students, transfer students, men of color


  • ED 795A: Research Seminar
  • ED 795B: Research Seminar
  • ED 885: Seminar in Educational Program Planning and Evaluation
  • ARP 801: Community College Development and History


2014 Ed.D., San Diego State University
2009 M.A., University of San Diego
2005 B.A., University of California - Berkeley
2003 A.A., Southwestern College - Chula Vista

Book Chapter (1)

Recent Works (1)

Research Works (6)