August 8, 2018
On Saturday, September 15, COE bestowed its first ever TRIO Family Achievement Award on award-winning actress Viola Davis, her sisters, and their mother during its 37th Annual Conference. The four Davis sisters participated in Upward Bound while attending public school in Central Falls, Rhode Island in the 1970s and 1980s. Several of the sisters went on to participate in Student Support Services as well. Today, they have each distinguished themselves in the areas of entertainment, public service, and education.
The Davis family is just one example of how federal educational supports can lift up not low-income, first-generation individuals, but entire families. We know that there are several families that have had multiple siblings and even parents and children move through the TRIO programs and into higher education.
Leading up to our Annual Conference and throughout the fall, COE invites the entire TRIO community to share stories of family achievement through TRIO. Using the hashtag #TRIOFAMILYACHIEVEMENT, we invite students, alumni, and program professionals to share images and stories across social media over the next several weeks. In particular, participants may wish to highlight:
We all know that TRIO works for students; let’s show the world that TRIO works for families, too!
Be sure to use the hashtag #TRIOFAMILYACHIEVEMENT along with #TRIOWORKS and our Annual Conference hashtag — #coenyc — so we can all join in the celebration together!
For more information about COE’s 37th Annual Conference, including Annual Conference registration, please click here.