Our program provides opportunities for academic development, assistance with basic college requirements, and motivation toward the successful completion of postsecondary education. This program is targeted towards students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn who are considered low income, first generation, and/or academically at risk so that we can provide them assistance to overcome social and financial barriers. Our program includes academic tutoring, assistance in postsecondary course selection, assistance with information on financial aid programs, and assistance in completing financial aid applications. Our goal is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of our students.
Meet The Staff!
Latresa Rice, Director of the Student Support Services
For over 15 years, I have 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 September of 2020, I have been the Director of Student Support Services: the dynamic program that helps college students at the University of Michigan- Dearborn who are considered low income, first generation, and academically at risk, to graduate from the university and acquire a graduate level degree.. As a first generation college student from a low-income background, an alum of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, an alum of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and an alum of Central Michigan University, it is my honor to help this group of scholars acquire the tools and resources they need to graduate from undergraduate studies here at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and beyond.
"Mouths that speak wisdom inspire and propel others into greatness." - Latresa Rice, LMSW, MSA
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.