Office of TRIO Programs

"The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs."

 

Welcome to our webpage!

Our office houses several outreach programs, that all focus on the preparation of middle and high school students for their success in post-secondary education.

Our office hours are 

Monday - Friday : 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Note: Due to the current state of COVID-19, our office is no longer open for walk-ins until further notice. All are welcome to contact us via phone call or email or set a virtual appointment with one of our staff members.

Stay Safe and Go Blue!  - The TRIO Family

 

Meet The Staff

Perry V Boyd II

Director of The Office of TRIO Programs

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/perry-boyd-ii-6322b572/

The Union

Room 123, 780 Town Center Dr, Dearborn MI, 48126

Phone: (313) 593-5425    Email: perryii@umich.edu

Latresa Rice, 

Director of Student Support Services, Assistant Director of The Office of TRIO Programs

Email: lrrice@umich.edu

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/Latresa-rice-4511a31b

For over 15 years, Latresa has counseled, inspired and empowered youth to overcome barriers that they face in life. Some of those barriers include financial barriers to college success, social barriers to developing strategic relationships, and behavioral barriers that have caused them to frequently miss opportunities to acquire their dreams. Since February of 2018, Latresa has been the Assistant Director of Upward Bound Math & Science program: the dynamic program that helps high school students who are considered low income, first generation, and academically at risk, graduate from both high school and postsecondary education

Willis Peavy

Assistant Director of Upward Bound Math and Science

Email: wipeavy@umich.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/willis-peavy-78514283?

Willis Peavy has over 30 years experience working and providing guidance to youth through various programs. Over the years, he has gained the respect of his co-workers as well as the youth he worked with. In his recent work with Public Allies of Metro Detroit, through the University of Michigan –Dearborn Office of Metropolitan Impact, he served as Training Manager which allowed him theopportunity to further form relationships and provide meaningful guidance to participants.

Mr. Peavy has a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University.

Larry Sawyers

Parent Liaison, Program Assistant 

Email: Lsawyers@umich.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/larry-sawyers-6530861b7/

Larry is a Gear-Up representative and a student advisor for the college day program. Larry enjoys working with our students, assisting in field trips, and meeting parents in parent teacher conferences. He is also a weekend golfer and enjoys cooking on the grill with his family.

Chenaya Buffington

Program Assistant

Email: cbuffing@umich.edu

Chenaya is a University of Michigan Dearborn undergrad majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology and assists in the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. Her goal after college is to assist juveniles by developing better alternative programs for them to avoid going straight to prison. Chenaya has also cheered for 10+ years and won cheerleader of the year for Think Detroit Pal.

Alexandra Contreras

Lead Program Assistant, Tech Support

Email: Conalexa@umich.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandra-contreras-7045701b4/

Alex is a University of Michigan Dearborn undergrad, majoring in Robotics Engineering with a minor in Computer Science and assists in the College Day program. Her goal after college is to assist in space exploration and study the effects of life in space. Alex is currently mentoring the FIRST Robotics Team #4680, Aztech Eagles, which is based in South-West Detroit. 

Rawan Darouiche

Program Assistant

Email: rdarouic@umich.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rawan-darouiche-2939791b3

Rawan is a University of Michigan Dearborn undergraduate student, double-majoring in Psychology and Philosophy and is part of the Upward Bound Math and Science program. In the future, she hopes to become an attorney and also work in academia. In her spare time, Rawan loves watching true crime videos on Youtube.

Sangeetha Daram

Tutor/Mentor 

Email: sdaram@umich.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sangeetha17/

Sangeetha has a Master’s in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance and assists with the Student Support Services Program. As a computer science graduate, Sangeetha plans to be working as a software developer for a few years, as well as take up a project management role for a multinational organization for any efficient client deliverables. Sangeetha loves playing volleyball and is a complete foodie as she enjoys a wide variety of food!

Richa Chachra

Tutor/Mentor 

Email: richac@umich.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richa-chachra/

Richa has a Bachelor in Computer Engineering and is currently studying masters in Data science in the University of Michigan Dearborn. She is a tutor/mentor in the Student Support Services program and her hobbies include cooking, eating, and learning about food plating techniques. Richa strives to implement models to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste by leveraging the data and making an economically independent and socially aware community.

Ghassaq “Gigi” Nassir

Program Assistant 

Email: gnassir@umich.edu 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ghassaq-nassir-296249202/

Ghassaq is currently an undergrad student at the University of Michigan Dearborn, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She currently assists in the GEAR UP program and her goal after college is to work in academia to help connect with students. In her spare time, Ghassaq loves to paint portraits and create sculptures as she has a deep love for art.

 

Rachel Leonard

Student Advisor 

Email: rlleonar@umich.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonard-rachel/

Rachel Leonard currently serves as the Advisor for Student Support Services within the TRIO Department at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. As a graduate of UM-Dearborn in 2018, Rachel was the first in her family to earn a Bachelor's degree. Through her student involvement at UM-Dearborn, Rachel served in several leadership roles and as a student athlete. Outside of work, Rachel loves to improve her photography skills, work in the garden, or ride her longboard

Austin Kipfmiller

Tutor/Mentor 

Email: akippy@umich.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/austin-kipfmiller-ab64b51b4/

Austin is a tutor for the UMD Student Support Services and is currently enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan- Dearborn. He hopes to receive a Bachelor's degree majoring in Economics and Minoring in Political Science, so that one day he can become an economic advisor and work with political organizations or campaigns as an economic guide. Austin loves being active and engaging in many activities, like hiking! He hopes to go to every national park in the United States in his lifetime!

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