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TRIO Programs: Women’s History Month Symposium includes Mentoring Group participants

Published April 1, 2021

At the University of Louisiana Monroe's TRIO Programs Educational Talent Search Women’s History Month Symposium on March 20, local high school students participating in the TRIO Mentoring Group were among the special guests.


The students attend Carroll, Richwood, and Wossman high schools.


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PHOTO: University of Louisiana Monroe Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pamela Saulsberry, Ph.D., was a guest speaker at the ULM TRIO Programs Educational Talent Search Women’s History Month Symposium.
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Joe Riser, TRIO Community Liaison and Outreach Specialist, coordinates the mentoring group and said the purpose of bringing the students to the symposium “was to provide them with information regarding the impact and contributions of  local women and those throughout history; particularly the social, economic and political progress made by women.”


Special guests and speakers included La. State Sen. Katrina Jackson, from ULM, President Ron Berry, Vice President for Student Affairs Valerie Fields, Ed.D., Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Pamela Saulsberry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance Christine Berry, Ph.D., and Richwood High School robotics teacher Brenda Grover.


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ULM President Ron Berry/TRIO photo 

TRIO Programs Executive Director Catherine Estis, Ph.D., thanked the guests, saying, “Your participation was invaluable. I am certain the information you provided resonated with each of them as they paint the canvas of their lives. Thanks so much for your continued support of the ULM TRIO Programs.”


Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a precollege program whose mission is to assist qualified individuals in their journey toward higher education. ETS has been serving students through ULM since 1981, helping thousands in the region attain a college education.  


According to Riser, as part of ETS, the mentoring program Rise Above Mediocrity for Success is designed to provide enrichment activities, coping skills and mentoring experiences which will aid in the students’ academic and social progress throughout life.


TRIO Programs are fully funded through the U.S. Department of Education to assist first-generation, income-eligible students to remain in good academic standing and graduate from college. To learn more about the TRIO-SSS program or to apply, visit www.ulm.edu/trio.