2017 Mariko Rooks
Milken Scholar 2017
Scholar Profile

Mariko Rooks

Health Policy


Mariko is a senior at Yale College majoring in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration and a dual MPH candidate at the Yale School of Public Health in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. She focuses on improving healthcare options for marginalized communities. At Yale, she's served as a student coordinator for both Yale's Afro-American and Asian American Cultural Centers, as the Cultural Chair of Yale's mixed Asian club, and as the Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Yale's Black Solidarity Conference, the largest student-run conference on Black identity in North America. She writes with Yale's Asian American spoken word group Jook Songs and is the Arts and Intersectionality Lead for Changing Womxn, a literary and arts journal and digital platform that uplifts the voices of womxn, femme, and non-binary BIPOC. Mariko also plays for Yale women's water polo team, where she's garnered two All-American nominations and two all-North Atlantic League team recognitions, and she was recently named to the USA Water Polo National Racial Equity and Reform Task Force. Mariko is a Dwight Hall/Yale Alumni Non-Profit Association Summer Fellow, a Delaware Diamond Scholarship recipient, and a Tsai City Arts and Media Innovation Award winner.

High school:  Culver City High School


College Year Degree
Yale College
New Haven, CT
2021 B.A. Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Yale College
New Haven, CT
2021 B.A. History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health
Yale University
New Haven, CT
2022 M.P.H. Public Health, Social and Behavioral Science, US Health Justice Concentration

News and Highlights

Mariko Rooks (MS '17)

Representation Matters: Mariko Rooks, MS ‘17, was one of the winners of the inaugural Tsai City Arts and Media Innovation Award! Her project will examine the experience of mixed Asian students and debut in March 2019. Mark your calendars!