Office of Minority Student Affairs

National TRIO Week 2011

TRIO Week 2011.

National TRIO Week is a direct result of the defeat of the 1986 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings bill, which put the federal TRIO programs in danger of being eliminated after more than 20 years of service to students.

Parents, students, alumni and TRIO personnel across the country rallied in a grassroots effort to defend the programs, which caught the attention of politicians. And soon after the bill was defeated, Congress established a resolution proclaiming February 28, 1986, as National TRIO Day. The TRIO community has since observed the occasion on the last Saturday of February each year, with National TRIO Week celebrated throughout the week leading up to TRIO Day.

TRIO derives its name from the group of federal college-focused educational programs initially created by the Educational Opportunity Act of 1965. The intent of the programs was to remove social and financial barriers and expand educational opportunities to students who otherwise might not be aware of, consider, experience, or have access to higher education.

TRIO Week sheds light on the programs and their value to students, and it reminds us of the 1986 battle that was waged and won to sustain them, a struggle that continues. The ultimate goal of each year's TRIO Week is to celebrate, educate, and make the TRIO name more widely known.


TRIO Week 2011 at Illinois

The Office of Minority Student Affairs sponsored the following events in celebration of National TRIO Week, February 20-26, 2011.


Frequently asked questions about TRIO

For more information about the federal TRIO programs, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website.

OMSA also has prepared a TRIO Week Frequently Asked Questions page for downloading (PDF).

If you have questions about TRIO, please send email to OMSA at omsa.illinois [at] gmail [dot] com.