Representatives of the University of Notre Dame and the local community will gather Feb. 23 (Saturday) for a student-parent leadership conference to celebrate National Trio Day beginning at 8:30 a.m. in McKenna Hall on campus.
Participants in Notre Dames Upward Bound and Talent Search programs, along with Trio program students from Purdue University, Calumet; Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne; the Robinson Community Learning Center; and 21st Century Scholars, will attend with their parents. Scheduled activities include a welcome address by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dames president; keynote address by Iris Outlaw, director of Notre Dames Multicultural Student Programs and Services; awards luncheon with U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke; and sessions designed to assist students in achieving their higher education goals.
Trio programs are federally funded projects that have enhanced postsecondary educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged young people for more than 40 years. The programs at Notre Dame are Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program.
Established in 1966, Notre Dame’s Upward Bound program was one of the first such initiatives in the country and served as a prototype for other programs across the nation.