March 24, 2021
The session "Challenging Complicity in AntiBlackness | Deconstructing APIDA Identity & Solidarity" is part of HMC Office of Institutional Diversity's spring Anti-Racist Series.
Marissiko M. Wheaton, assistant dean and director of SCORE at Scripps College, will explore APIDA critical race resistance by unpacking the complexities within, across and outside of this diverse community. She will foreground the ways in which challenging the legacy of anti-Blackness plays a central role in the work of APIDA racial justice. In addition, she will deconstruct the commonalities and contradictions that exist across the racialized experiences of APIDA ethnic groups and highlight how these dynamics create both bridges and barriers for solidarity.
Wheaton earned her B.A. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine before going on to attain her M.A. in higher education/student personnel administration from New York University. She completed her PhD in urban education policy at the University of Southern California where her dissertation work explored Asian Pacific Islander Desi American critical race resistance. During her career as a practitioner in higher education, Wheaton has worked in a variety of areas, including multicultural services, social justice education, service-learning, leadership development and residence life. She has committed the majority of her academic career to deepening her knowledge and understanding of identity, critical consciousness building and activism. Wheaton's overarching research and practice specializes in equity-oriented leadership, identity development and organizational change.