Tennessee TRIO Programs Collaborate to Bring Members of Congress to Campuses

June 30, 2016

Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) with TRIO students and administrators at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TennesseeOften when it comes to advocacy, TRIO supporters feel that they must work alone. However, TRIO leaders in First Congressional District of Tennessee recently collaborated to craft programs specially designed to welcome their Member of Congress to campus and help him to learn more about the Federal TRIO Programs. (These events were modeled after a recent program hosted by Morehead State University to welcome House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers of Kentucky.)

Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) with Morehead State University President, Wayne AndrewsAs a result of these efforts, last week Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) visited the TRIO Programs at Tusculum College and East Tennessee State University in Greeneville and Johnson City, Tennessee, respectively. Administrators at both colleges spoke about the importance of TRIO programs on campus. Meanwhile, students and alumni offered their gratitude for the programs and discussed the programs' influence on their lives. At Tusculum College, Mr. Chris Burns, a Student Support Services alumnus who is now working on his Master's degree, shared that if not for TRIO's support, he would have dropped out of college. At the end of the meeting, Congressman Roe said that he felt the TRIO Programs were worthwhile.

As Congressman Roe serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee, which authors the legislation that governs the TRIO programs, this visit was a worthwhile and highly successful endeavor. If you would to host a Member of Congress on your campus and need help, please contact Kimberly Jones ( or Selene Ceja ( by e-mail or phone at (202) 347-7430.