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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
TRIO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES



WE ARE TRIO.

TRIO Student Support Services has been my backbone since I entered this campus. The academic advisers have the ability to meet with a smaller cohort of students than many other advisers on campus and therefore have more interpersonal relationships with the students. TRIO Student Support Services saw what others may not have seen; they saw me and my potential. That's what TRIO is all about. - Cheniqua Johnson (Family Social Science)

When you look at these other TRIO students, faculty, and staff, they are all incredible, and you think 'Gosh, they are brilliant.' We have ideas and innovations inside of us. We lean on each other, and we're a community. Sometimes, it may feel like you are not supposed to be here but you do. You really do. - Troy Wildenberg (Family Social Science)

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have been in TRIO since I was in high school and I felt that being in TRIO seemed like you are excluded from the rest, but in reality you will grow to love TRIO because TRIO will become not only a huge support system on campus but your second family. - Candace Bunyan (Elementary Education)



TRIO SSS MISSION

OUR MISSION: Grounded in the Civil Rights Movement, TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) strives to ensure access and equal opportunity education for University of Minnesota students who are first-generation in college, low-income, students with disabilities, or students for whom English is not their first language. Through inclusive and accessible services, including academic support, counseling, teaching, and advocacy, the SSS program seeks to remove institutional and cultural barriers, foster a climate that values the social and cultural capital of our students, and promote retention to graduation.


ABOUT TRIO

TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. 790,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities — from sixth grade through college graduation — are served by over 2,800 programs nationally. There are 8 TRIO programs nationally, including: Upward Bound, McNair Scholars, Talent Search, and our program, Student Support Services, amongst others. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. Learn more about Federal TRIO Programs here.


LEARN MORE ABOUT TRIO'S BEGINNING

CLICK HERE to view the first TRIO Training Module.
This is a brief history of TRIO programs – from the Civil Rights Movement to the time when three poverty initiatives became what we now know as TRIO. TRIO is not an acronym but instead describes these three programs. Of course, there are eight TRIO programs nationally today. This is the story of how it all began. This training module will take about 26 minutes to complete.


FAMOUS TRIO ALUMNI
  • Oprah Winfrey (media mogul)
  • A.C. Green (NBA star)
  • Angela Bassett (actress)
  • Beatrice Berry (author)
  • John Quinones (ABC news correspondent)
  • Viola Davis (actress)
  • Wil Haygood (Boston Globe writer)
  • Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (music producers)
  • Rep. Henry Bonilla (Congressman)
  • Franklin Chang-Diaz (first Hispanic astronaut)
  • Kevin Shibilski (Wisconsin State Senator)
  • Rep. Gwendolynne Moore (Congresswoman)
  • Victor O. Lujan (former Executive Director of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, Inc.)
  • Patrick Ewing (NBA star)
  • Troy Polamalu (NFL star)

WE ARE SCHOLARS, LEADERS, AND CHANGE-AGENTS.





OUR SERVICES TO STUDENTS

All TRIO SSS students participate in our program until they decide on a career path and transfer to a major. While participating in our program, students have: specialized advising on all academic matters; personal and financial counseling; career support; and, a gamut of leadership exposure and development.




TRIO'S NATIONWIDE CONNECTION

Minnesota TRIO is the professional association for personnel affiliated with TRIO programs throughout the state of Minnesota. MN TRIO is one of eight state chapters which form the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA).

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. The council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO programs to specifically help low-income and disabled Americans enter college and graduate.

TRIO Students: check out opportunities through the Council for Opportunity in Education, TRIO's chief supporter in Washington, D.C.