Director for Residential Education
Emily Sandoval has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from UC Riverside and a Master’s Degree in Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Prior to working at USC, she was at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for 5 years as a Learning Community Coordinator for the Sophomore Success Program. While there her work focused on sophomore retention and she oversaw all of student staff recruitment, training and development. She was also involved in the Cal Poly Chicano/Latino Faculty Staff Association. Before that, she worked for 4 years as a Resident Director at UC Riverside where she implemented the inaugural year of gender-neutral housing. Emily took a break from a traditional campus during the Fall 2012 semester and sailed with Semester at Sea as a Resident Director traveling to 11 different countries and 14 different cities. Emily is highly involved in the Western Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers having served on the executive board for two years and chaired several committees over the past twelve years. One of her passion areas is pop-culture, specifically the geek/sci-fi genre. Combining this passion with higher education and her work in residential life, Emily has presented at San Diego Comic-Con International four times with colleagues from across the nation focusing on how to build community through geek culture on college campuses as well as use it as an education tool in trainings and discussions in and outside of the classroom.
Grant Burlew, Associate Director for North University Park Campus (NUPC)
Grant Burlew is the Associate Director for North University Park Campus with oversight over student and professional staff selection, training, and development. Grant received his Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education here at USC. Born and raised in Southern California, Grant is no stranger to the sunshine and earthquakes as well as the beaches and mountains. Prior to working at USC, he worked in Residence Life at UCSB and as a Student Affairs fellow back in 2005 during the inaugural year of UC Merced. During his last position as a Resident Director at UC Santa Barbara, he gained significant experience with judicial hearings, working with large staff teams, as well as running RA Selection and RA Training. Grant is passionate about hiring the right people for the right positions and making sure that everyone has the resources they need to succeed in their positions. Some of his interests outside of the work setting include hiking, watching movies, anything associated with dogs, and exploring different restaurants and eateries in the surrounding area.
Erin Hunter, Associate Director for University Park Campus (UPC)
Erin Hunter is the Associate Director with oversight for the Residential Colleges on the University Park Campus. Erin received her B.A. in Exercise Science and Psychology from the University of St. Catherine and a Master of Education in Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University. Erin has served at several colleges and universities over the past 12 years, most recently, Elmira College in Elmira, NY, as the Director of Residence Life. Her time at Elmira College fueled her commitment to learning and passion for helping students make meaning and find their sense of belonging, during their time at college. While from the Mid-West, her heart has always been in California. She loves the sunshine, the ocean, and the warm weather! Outside of her work life, Erin spends as much time, as she can, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
Melissa deVivar, Assistant Director for North and South Residential Colleges
Melissa deVivar (also known as Mel) is the Assistant Director overseeing North Area (consisting of New North Residential College and Birnkrant Residential College) and South Residential College (consisting of Marks Tower, Pardee Tower, Marks Hall and Trojan Hall). A native of California, Mel is an alum of San Jose State University and obtained two bachelor degrees: one in Advertising and Design Studies with a minor in Asian American Studies and another in Social Sciences. Mel also spent a year studying abroad in Hong Kong.
Mel completed her Master’s degree in Student Development Administration at Seattle University. She was a Graduate Assistant in the International Student Center. After Seattle, Mel worked professionally in at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State East Bay, San Jose State University and at Loyola Marymount University. While working at LMU, Mel was involved in supporting first-generation college students and the Asian Pacific Islander communities. During her spare time, she engages in community organizing work with GABRIELA Los Angeles, a grass-roots organization committed to human rights advocacy in Filipino communities in the U.S. and abroad. Mel also enjoys immersing in geek culture and exploring the world through food and photography.
David Hong, Assistant Director for Parkside and West Residential Colleges
David Hong is the Assistant Director that oversees the Parkside Area (IRC, Arts & Humanities, and Parkside Apartments) and West Residential Colleges (Webb and Fluor Tower). He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside and his M.Ed. from the University of Southern California. David has served various students within University Housing at Menlo College and the University of California, Santa Barbara. David grew up in the Los Angeles area and is proud to return to his alma mater and become an Angelino again.
Throughout his work within Residence Life, David has worked extensively with student leadership efforts. He has served as the advisor to various student government groups and feels passionately about providing opportunities for students to demonstrate their leadership capabilities and to take ownership in their community. In his spare time, David enjoys rooting for his Los Angeles teams (Dodgers, Lakers, and Trojans), watching films, being a tourist in Los Angeles, and spending time with his daughter.
Jack Trump, Assistant Director for NUPC Undergraduate Apartments
Jack Trump is the Assistant Director overseeing Troy, Cardinal Gardens and Century Apartments. Jack has a Bachelor of Science in Packaging Technology from Indiana State University and a Master of Science in College Student Administration with emphasis in Counseling and Student Development from Eastern Illinois University. Prior to USC, he worked in residence life at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami Jack gained significant experience as a hall director, apartment director, academic advisor, course instructor, and judicial hearing officer. Additionally, he worked with two different living learning communities and assisted with the development and implementation of the departmental residential curriculum. Originally from the Midwest, Jack began employment at USC in 2009 overseeing the West Area and is proud to call Los Angeles and USC his home. Jack is passionate about community development and creating safe environments that promote a sense of belonging. His graduate thesis and subsequent publications focus on the coming-out process of gay males in college social fraternities. Some of his interests outside of the work setting include long distance biking, building KNEX roller coasters, swimming and gardening.
Debra Allen, Assistant Director for Graduate, Upper-division, and Family Apartments
Debra Allen is the Assistant Director for the Graduate, Upper-division, and Family Housing Apartments. Debra received her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and her B.A. in Anthropology and Modern Languages at Beloit College. Debra has lived abroad as well as studied abroad in Portugal. Her student affairs experience spans residence life, international education, student union programming, leadership development, honors and scholars programs, service-learning, and social justice work. Debra’s international education experience focused on setting up and leading numerous short-term study abroad programs for undergraduate students. She spent several years working at The Ohio State University and most recently comes to us from Cal State Northridge where she worked as a Senior Community Director for six years. Her emphasis at Cal State Northridge was with the First-Year Experience Living Learning Community as well as management of the Community Center that served residential students. Debra has also been an active member of the Western Association of College and University Housing Officers since 2010. In her spare time, Debra likes to go on hikes and bike rides with her pup “Pete”, attend live music venues, go to the beach, and explore her hometown of Los Angeles.
Central Office Staff
Nazeli Hosik, Business Manager
Nazeli Hosik is the Business Manager for The Office for Residential Education. In her current position, she manages the budget for the Office for Residential Education department, including the budgets for each residential area. In addition, she processes all purchase orders, internal requisitions, expense transfers, journal vouchers, reimbursements and stipends.
Nazeli has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business and an M.Ed in Educational Psychology from the Rossier School of Education. Twice alumni from USC, as well as, a staff member with the university since 2001. Some of my interests outside of the workplace include, cooking, walking and watching movies!
Cecelia Pulido, Department Secretary
Cecelia Pulido, the first person you’ll probably notice when you walk in to STU-200, is the Department Secretary for ResEd. Cece, as you might know her as, has been in the department since July 2008 and genuinely enjoys working with the staff and students. If you have a question about Residential Education, need any supplies, from pencils to band aids, help with printing, or even a piece of chocolate, Cece is the person to see. Since coming to work in the department her favorite quote has become “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”
Cece is a Southern California native, and has been a USC fan ever since attending her first Trojan football game in the Coliseum against the Bruins at the age of 7. She is passionate about brightening the lives of others, volunteering for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation for 9 years and has recently become an Advocate for the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of L.A. Along with football, Cece’s favorite pastimes are long drives while exploring different cities in SoCal, or sharing the couch with her 2 cats and 1 dog while reading a good novel or watching a classic vintage movie.