TRIO New Mexico is dedicated to helping students overcome class, social and cultural barriers on their way to higher education. For a listing of programs around the state, check the Programs page. If you are interested in becoming a member, check the Membership page. Click Here to learn more about who we are and what our mission is.


Spring 2018 Newsletter

April 27, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

The TRIO New Mexico Spring 2018 Newsletter is here! Thank you so much to those who contributed articles and pictures. You can access a digital copy here.

If you want to make any changes to the Directory or if you want a hard copy of the newsletter please contact Gloria Valderrama 505-277-3100 or gloavp@unm.edu

2018 Spring Conference Proxy Forms

April 2, 2018, 8:36 a.m.

Hello TRIO members,

The 2018 New Mexico Spring Conference is this week! Per section 6.2 of the TRIO New Mexico bylaws, the TRIO New Mexico president must receive all proxy forms prior to the commencement of the TRIO New Mexico business meeting; forms will then be submitted to the TRIO New Mexico secretary to be kept on file. Click here to download the Proxy Form.

Please make sure to send your proxy form if you are not attending the conference but would like to vote, if you have any questions contact Erin Weddington, emwed@unm.edu.

2018 SWASAP Pre-Collegiate Scholarship Competition

March 29, 2018, 9:17 a.m.

The Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) scholarship committee is excited to announce the revamped competition for the 2018 SWASAP Scholarship for Pre-college Students. The deadline is April 12, 2018 so it is important to distribute this to your students as soon as possible.

The Application is Easy to Submit: From the Student to the Recommenders
• The students can access the application here. There is a link for them to register with an email and create a password. They can start the application anytime and complete it on their own time.
• Recommendations are handled through the software. Students enter email addresses, and the recommenders will be contacted with an online submission.

This Will Be Our Fastest Award Notification Turnaround
• We will announce the awards before the end of April, so our students will be notified of their award before the end of the academic year. We’ve worked to make the process completely online, accessible, and easy for your students use.
• Application deadline: April 12, 2018
• Review Period: April 16-20, 2018
• Notifications will go out: April 23-27, 2018
• We hope to have a SWASAP representative (or the student’s recommender) present the award at local scholarship banquets

We Increased the Value of Awards
• Each award will be 750.00
• There will be 6 awards

Important Info on the Selection Process
• The awards will be evaluated by a committee of volunteer members of SWASAP
• No application submitted after April 12, 2018 will be considered
• One recommender must be an active member of SWASAP
• SWASAP membership will be verified before the review process, and applications that do not have an eligible recommender will not be reviewed
• Notifications will be made no later than April 27, 2018, and we will work with the serving institution to promote the student’s award

Questions can be directed to the scholarship committee at scholarshipswasap@gmail.com

TRIO New Mexico Scholarships and Fair Share Fundraiser at Matanza

March 19, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Bring your family and friends out for a night of good food and company at Matanza Restaurant on Thursday, April 5th! Time will be determined at a later date.

Please indicate on registration form if you will be attending for group reservation accommodations. 10% of the night's sales will be donated toward TRIO NM scholarships & Fair Share.

Mantanza Restaurant - Westside
3700 Ellison Rd NW Albuquerque, NM

Please click here for more information.


TRIO New Mexico Board

TRIO New Mexico Scholarship Fundraiser

March 19, 2018, 5:08 p.m.


TNM is selling t-shirts to raise funds for our scholarships. The shirts will be available for pick-up during the TRIO New Mexico Spring Conference (April 5-6 in Albuquerque, NM). Click here to place your order.

Please select which style (vneck/crew neck) and size. The shirts will cost $15 each; bring cash or check to pay during the conference. Place your order no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Email Erin Weddington, emwedd@unm.edu, with questions. *If you are not able to pick up your shirt during the conference please let us know and we will make sure to get it to you another way*

FUN FACT: The t-shirt was designed by a TRIO New Mexico SSS student! #trioworks

Thank you,

TRIO New Mexico Board

TRIO New Mexico Spring Conference - Business Meeting Agenda

March 19, 2018, 5 p.m.

Hello TRIO NM,

The TRIO NM Spring Business meeting will be held on the 2nd day of the Spring Conference, April 5-6, 2018. In accordance to our TRIO NM By-laws, I am attaching the 2018 Spring Meeting Agenda for your review.

Seeking nominations:
• President-elect and Secretary. Position descriptions are found in the TRIO By-laws, article 2.3 and 2.4.
o Please note I am willing to provide guidance as past-president to the newly elected positions.

Have a great weekend.

Dawn Blue Sky-Hill, MPA
TRIO New Mexico President

TRIO New Mexico Spring Conference

March 7, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

Greetings TRIO New Mexico,

The 2018 TRIO New Mexico Spring Conference will be held in Albuquerque, April 5 & 6 at CNM West. Please include payment information with your registration form; checks are the preferred method of payment. To pay with Credit Card or P-Card please contact Gloria directly.


Guests will be able to book by calling the hotel directly at 505.896.1111 and asking for the UNM- TRIO NM Group block. Guests can also book via our website by doing the following:

1. Go to http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-mexico/hilton-garden-inn-albuquerque-north-rio-rancho-ABQRRGI/index.html
2. Select dates
3. Click on "More Options" and "Add Special Rate Codes"
4. Type TRIONM next to "Group Code"
5. Check rooms and rates

Once rooms have been booked, the Credit Card Authorization form will need to be filled out and sent to the hotel via fax or email. If emailed, they can send it to Kailynn Miller, Sales Coordinator at kailynn.miller@hilton.com

If you have any questions please contact Dawn Blue Sky-Hill or Erin Weddington.


Spring Conference Committee

2018 TNM Spring Conference Call for proposals

March 1, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

Greetings TRIO New Mexico,

We are now accepting proposals for the 2018 TRIO New Mexico Spring Conference, which will be held in Albuquerque, April 5 & 6. We are looking for new workshops this year! Many of you have presented amazing workshops at SWASAP or on your respective campuses and we are asking you to share your expertise with TRIO New Mexico Peers.

We encourage prospective presenters to consider topics addressing programming innovation, using data to make program decisions, integration of new technologies, instructional/program delivery strategies, and student development. Final workshop length should be no longer than 45 minutes for content and 10 minutes for questions.

Submit proposals using the online form at the following link:

The priority deadline for proposal submission is March 19, 2018. An email detailing the final status of proposal selections will be sent by March 23, 2018.


TRIO New Mexico Professional Development Committee

2017-2018 TRIO New Mexico Collegiate Scholarship Application

Sept. 18, 2017, 10:08 a.m.

Six scholarships (5 - $250 and 1 -$500) will be awarded Fall 2017 Semester.

The TRIO New Mexico Collegiate Scholarship Application is for those TRIO students who are currently participating in a Student Support Services or McNair program and are enrolled at a post-secondary institution at least part-time (6 cr. hrs) for Fall 2017. Students must have completed at least 1 semester of college as a degree seeking student (dual credit or non-degree semesters are not applicable). The actual award of the scholarship will depend on verification of Fall 2017 post-secondary enrollment. Fall scholarships will be awarded by late Fall 2017.

Please click here to access the instructions and application.

Please e-mail all materials as a single PDF to scholarshipnm@gmail.com by 5:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Thank you.

TRIO NM Scholarship Committee

TRIO New Mexico Achiever 2017

Aug. 22, 2017, 10:51 a.m.

Hello TRIO NM Staff,

On behalf of the TRIO NM Achiever Committee, I am inviting everyone to nominate your successful alumni for this year’s award by August 30, 2017. Please click here to access the nomination form. Both nominator and nominee will need to fill out a form.

The purpose of the TRIO Achiever Award is to honor and celebrate those individuals who are TRIO alums and have made an impact on his or her community. The TRIO Achiever’s Committee will base their selection on educational achievement, leadership qualities, letter of recommendation, and a completed application with a strong demonstration of commitment to the community.

Applicants must:
--Have been a TRIO participant within Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services, or Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
--Either be nominated by a TRIO staff member OR self-nomination
--Demonstrate how TRIO impacted their lives
--Demonstrate leadership qualities
--Be able to attend the TRIO Achiever’s Banquet in Baton Rouge, LA on November 5-7, 2017 (SWASAP will pay travel expenses)

If you have any questions please contact me at loborr@unm.edu or 505-277-5491 All the best,

Ricardo Romero
Director McNair Scholars Program & Research Opportunity Program
Univeristy of New Mexico

Registration for New Mexico CRLA Conference

June 20, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

Hi Everyone,

We have an awesome group of presenters lined up for the conference this year. The topics for the presentations are creating a culture of success, mathematics, tutoring, gaming literacy, developmental writing, competency-based education and learning at Google Apps . This should be a great conference and the keynote speaker, Lucy MacDonald, Creator of "howtostudy.org", will be bringing us ideas for using technology in our classes.

I know you won't want to miss this conference! The date of the conference is July 21st from 8:30 - 4:00 at CNM Westside Campus. I look forward to seeing all of you in attendance. Let's support our colleagues who are presenting.

Don't forget to register for the conference the deadline is July 10th.

SWASAP Pre-Collegiate Scholarship Application Now Available - Due July 7, 2017

May 1, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

The Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) scholarship committee announces the 2017 SWASAP Pre-Collegiate Scholarship Competition for Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Upward Bound Math/Science.
Each project may submit only five (5) applications and shall establish its own criteria for determining which five applications are forwarded to the Scholarship Committee. Program Directors should submit the selected applications in One PDF format to the SWASAP scholarship chair no later than 5pm on July 7, 2017. You can download an application here. Please make sure to review the Application Guidelines before applying.

Questions may be directed to:
Shrylin M. Davis, SWASAP Scholarship Chair
Phone: (504) 286-5249
Email: scholarshipswasap@gmail.com Subject: SWASAP Pre-Collegiate Scholarship

Thank you,

The SWASAP Scholarship Committee

TRIO NM Pre Collegiate Scholarship Application Now Available-Due May 25, 2017

April 27, 2017, 9 a.m.

The TRIO NM Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 TRIO New Mexico Pre-Collegiate Scholarship is now available. Five scholarships will be given, you can download an application here.

The TRIO New Mexico Pre-Collegiate Scholarship is for those TRIO students who are currently participating in a Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veteran’s Upward Bound , or Educational Opportunity Program who will enroll at a post-secondary institution for Fall 2017. Please review the application for instructions.

The complete certification and release form, application, transcript, personal statement, proof of TRIO participation, and any supporting documents are to be submitted as a single PDF document and must reach the Scholarship Committee by 5:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Please send all materials as a single PDF emailed to:
Avelina Martinez, Scholarship Chair
Email: taostrio@unm.edu

Please have the e-mail Subject read: Student’s Last Name, First Name_Pre Collegiate Scholarship Application

If you have any questions please contact Avelina Martinez at taostrio@unm.edu or 575-737-3697.

We look forward to reading your students' scholarship applications.

Thank you.

The 2017/2018 Scholarship Committee
Avelina, Bella, Bernadine, Donna, Ed, Kurtis, Marcial

Spring 2017 Newsletter

April 5, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Hard copies of our Spring 2017 newsletter will be available tomorrow, April 6th, during our Spring meeting. You can access a digital copy here. If you want to make any changes to the Directory please contact Gloria Valderrama 505-277-3100 or gloavp@unm.edu

TRIO New Mexico Spring Conference 2017

March 7, 2017, 9:21 a.m.

We invite programs and community partners to participate in TRIO New Mexico Spring Conference on Thursday, April 6th and Friday, April 7th at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Click here to access the registration form.


Christopher Luna, TNM President
Director, UNM Upward Bound

TRIO Day 2017

Jan. 17, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

We invite programs and community partners to join New Mexico’s TRIO Day Celebration on Friday, March 3rd in Santa Fe. Please join us for a full day of workshops, advocacy, and outreach. Click here to access the registration form.

Please see the unofficial agenda below:

Santa Fe Community College

9:00AM - Check-In
9:30AM - Workshop (Identifying Your TRIO Story)
10:30AM - Workshop (TRIO Elevator Speech & Telling Your TRIO Story)
11:30AM - Lunch & TRIO History

Santa Fe Capitol

1:00PM – Scheduled Time for Plaza and Roundhouse Tours
2:00PM – Rotunda Rally / TRIO Day Proclamation Ceremony
4:00PM – Event Concludes


Christopher Luna, TNM President
Director, UNM Upward Bound

Fall 2016 Newsletter

Dec. 22, 2016, 4 p.m.

Our Fall 2016 was released on November 7th. You can access a digital copy here. If you want to make any changes to the Directory please contact Gloria Valderrama 505-277-3100 or gloavp@unm.edu

New Website is Live

Oct. 12, 2016, 4:07 p.m.

TRIO New Mexico's new website is up and running!