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Connecticut Hosts National TRIO Day

Connecticut was host to the 2018 New England region National TRIO Day on February 22 and 23 at the Radisson Hotel, Cromwell, CT. Six-hundred high students from TRIO programs all over New England gathered to mark the 32nd anniversary of TRIO Day being declared a national day of celebration, reflection, and action.

After opening remarks by CCSU Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joseph Paige, the students were  whisked off to 15 different Connecticut colleges and universities for college tours. That evening, keynote speaker Tashesha Ricketts-Kidd had the Grand Ballroom rocking with positive energy as she encouraged the students to take action toward their dreams (watch video here. Later the students participated in a variety of fun activities such as dancing, board games, a movie, a community service project, and a Scholar Bowl.

Day two included a special visit from United States Senator Chris Murphy, a longtime support of TRIO. The Senator shared his personal story of his mother being the first woman in her family to attend college, and spoke to the countless opportunities that earning a college degree can bring. He also encouraged the students to get involved in activism, stating that, “Young people have been on the forefront on almost everything that is meaningful in this country.” The event concluded with a college fair that included 50 colleges and universities from all over New England.

Visit here to learn more about TRIO in Connecticut.

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