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Members of the Illinois State University TRIO program

The Illinois chapter of TRIO will hold their annual student conference at Illinois State University from June 3-5, 2022, under the theme L.O.V.E. “Learning Our Values Everyday.” 

Nearly 200 college and high school students from across the state will attend the conference designed to strengthen leadership skills and teach engagement in critical dialogue. “In order to consistently prepare our students for success, it is important to engage them in leadership training and networking,” said Dr. Shatoya Black, president-elect of Illinois TRIO and director of the program at Illinois State.   

TRIO is a network of grant-funded college opportunity programs designed to ensure students have a chance to enter and complete higher education. Illinois has 157 projects across institutions of higher learning, assisting more than 30,000 students in the state.  

Black noted students at the conference will have the chance to work with those who have faced similar challenges. “We’ve invited first-generation professionals around campus to join us in volunteering, presenting, and engaging with conference attendees,” she said.  

Workshops and activities will focus on leadership, graduate and professional school preparedness, mindfulness, college and career preparedness, technology, financial literacy, and more.   

Those with questions can contact Black at