UW-Parkside Celebrates National Trio Day

Published: February 28, 2024

TRIOKenosha, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is proud to serve as the home of two TRIO-funded programs that bolster the university’s commitment to providing services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. UW-Parkside is pleased to host a TRIO celebration and showcase event on March 6, at 12 p.m. in the Book & Brew located in the university’s library. This event will be free and open to the public.

Three UW-Parkside students will give an introduction and explain how TRIO has helped them. They will then share their talents with Attendees. Victor Vargas will perform with his viola, Maurice Campbell will discuss the book he published, and Aubrey Powers, a culinary artist, will share a recipe.

In collaboration with the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), Student Support Services (SSS) is excited to host a showcase of UW-Parkside’s talented TRIO students and share information about the power of TRIO support programs. UW-Parkside invites the community to join the National TRIO Day celebration to see student performances and hear TRIO success stories.

TRIO is a set of federally-funded college–based educational opportunity outreach programs that motivate and support students from low-income backgrounds including military veterans and students with disabilities. These programs were the first national college access and retention programs to address the serious social and cultural barriers to education in America.

The SSS program is dedicated to increasing retention and graduation for first-generation, low-income, and those with demonstrated academic needs. The program offers students one-on-one academic, career, and personal advising, study skill workshops and tutoring sessions to create a supportive learning environment to meet the specialized needs of historically underrepresented persons.

The EOC is a new TRIO program on campus. Their mission is to help adults access and succeed in the post-secondary educational setting. The EOC staff offers institutionally neutral admission application and financial aid application support, transfer aid as well as a variety of fun and interesting programming to help support financial literacy and professional development.

Feb. 28 was first designated National TRIO Day in 1986 and has been used as an annual recognition of the important work done by TRIO programs to help students cultivate and grow their talents, and skills in college and beyond, as well as offer community empowerment and service opportunities.

As TRIO Day encourages community service, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help fill our Sharing Shelves. For donation needs visit https://www.uwp.edu/live/sharingshelves.cfm.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. We are a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress. 

Media contact:

Derek Fye
Communications Manager
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Fye@uwp.edu | (262) 771-5419

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