Melissa Tamayo

Student Services Advisor I
Melissa Tamayo
Email Office Phone (213) 740-1981


Melissa Tamayo is the Student Services Advisor for the Writing Program. She specializes in course registration procedures (providing d-clearances to special sections), processes grade changes, advises students on writing-related courses, and supports the Writing Program faculty and staff year-round.


Prior to her role at USC, Melissa has served in multiple higher education and post-secondary institutions, having provided an array of supportive services to first-generation students, formerly incarcerated students, and students who’ve experienced extreme barriers to access and success. 


  • Ph.D. Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University, 2026
  • M.A.S Criminology, Law, & Society, University of California, Irvine, 2020
  • B.A. Sociology, California State University, Northridge, 2018