Members-Only Webinar: Collaborating with TRIO to Advance Inclusive Excellence in Global Education
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Members-Only Webinar:  Collaborating with TRIO to Advance Inclusive Excellence in Global Education

Diversity Abroad Network members are invited to join this members-only webinar hosted by TRIO program representatives. Look for an invite to register for the webinar via email in early February or contact us at to receive connection details.

When: Wednesday, February 21
2-3pm EST

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Collaborating with TRIO to Advance Inclusive Excellence in Global Education

Session Description:
If you are looking for diverse and non-traditional students, you may have a “gold mine” right under your nose. Trying to diversify your study abroad student cohort can be difficult; helping diverse students prepare for and transition after an experience abroad can be hard to deal with and time-consuming. We can help you! TRIO programs serve first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, and non-traditional students to help them access and succeed in college. Part of a well-rounded education includes study abroad. We want our diverse students to have international experiences, and you may need assistance in recruiting students for your programs. In this webinar, you will learn about who TRIO students are, where to find TRIO programs on your campus, and what TRIO can do to assist you in your mission of diversifying your study abroad student cohort. This webinar is designed for international education and study abroad office professionals.


Joseph Aguirre, Director – College Success Programs, Northern Wyoming Community College District

Joseph Aguirre is the Director of TRIO/College Success Programs at the Northern Wyoming Community College District (NWCCD). He has worked for TRIO and other Educational Opportunity Programs for 16 years both as a student and professional. Prior to NWCCD, Joseph worked as a TRIO Counselor at Penn State University and at Shippensburg University’s Act 101/Academic Success Program. He also worked for Milton Hershey School and Scotland School for Veterans Children as a school counselor. Joseph received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, minor in Psychology and his Master of Science in Education Counseling (Latino student emphasis) from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. In addition to working for TRIO, Joseph also teaches Sociology courses at Sheridan College.

Jorge Martinez Santiago, Director-TRIO/Talent Search Program
Fordham University 

Jorge A. Martínez Santiago is the Director for the Academic Talent Search Program, a TRIO Program, at Fordham University. He has dedicated his entire professional career to the field of education. After graduating from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, he went on to work as a high school teacher, teaching English as a second language. Later, he moved to New York City, where he worked with the Talent Search Program at Columbia University, first as the Senior Counselor and later as the Assistant Director. He then moved to Connecticut where he worked as the Academic Coordinator for the Upward Bound Program (TRIO) at Fairfield University. He moved back to New York City to accept a position at Fordham University where he has been since 1993. Jorge Antonio has been a Group Leader for the “Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program”, sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education since 2012. It is a “Spanish Language and Culture Immersion Program”, in Salamanca, Spain, for TRIO college students from across the USA. The program operates in partnership with the Universidad de Salamanca and Travel and Education.

Michael Maxwell, Project Director-Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math/Science
Georgia State University