Coordinator of Retention Programs/Advisor
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Masters of Business Administration, 2008
Carleton College, American Studies, BA, 2001
Five questions with Mary Xiong
Question: What aspect of your work at UW-Parkside do you enjoy the most?
Answer: I enjoy guiding students to the "a-ha" moments in their collegiate journey and, of course, seeing them graduate!
Q: What person/event/book/information?which people or things?had the greatest influence on your life?
A: Person: Martin Luther King Jr. ? I learned about him in grade school and as I've gotten older, I have only admired him more for being able to show us that you can have a voice and the courage to lead a group of people to justice.
Book: I read "Great Expectations" as a sophomore in high school and have loved it since then. It reminds me that through a short interaction with a stranger, you can change each other's lives for the better and that even though you may have been in the toughest of circumstances, you can overcome the worst circumstances with the help of others.
Information: Attitude is everything!
Q: If you could have any career you wanted?and you can't answer by saying "I already have it here at UW-Parkside"?what would be your "dream job?"
A: I would be a neuropsychologist or a brain scientist. The brain is an extremely amazing organ! It may suffer damage from stress and depression or physical trauma but it has an amazing ability to repair itself!
Q: What are your two favorite recreational or leisure activities?
A: I love to take leisurely walks and do arts and crafts with my daughters.
Q: Multipart question: Who is your favorite historical figure; what living person do you most admire?
A: My favorite historical figure is Rosa Parks. The living person I most admire would be a combination of Helen Zia, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Oprah Winfrey, and my mother. There is no single answer to that question for me!
Areas of Expertise:
Mary has created approaches to understanding the diverse and multifaceted student especially in advising and program planning.
Professional Activities:Mary is committed to diversity and has implemented the richness of diversity in multiple arenas such as nonprofit organizations, K-12 education, and higher education. Currently, she develops and assists in creating academic and paraprofessional programs for a diverse array of college students such as first generation, low income, ethnic/racial, and immigrant communities. She has conducted numerous workshops on career development and the value of bringing a diverse perspective to the workforce.