OMA&D Academic Counseling Services

TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO End of Year Graduation Celebration – Thurs. 5/30 12-2 PM @ ECC

On behalf of the TRIO SSS Team, words cannot express how proud we are of how far you have come in your professional and academic journeys. To acknowledge and celebrate your upcoming graduation, we will be hosting a TRIO End of Year Graduation Celebration, which will be held in the ECC Unit Room, from 12:00pm – 2:00 pm on May 30th. We will hold a recognition ceremony and you will receive a free TRIO graduation cord that you can wear for your upcoming commencement ceremonies. Following the recognition ceremony, we will host a reception with mocktails and food, and hold space for us to connect one last time before you graduate! For those that are unable to attend the ceremony can pick up their graduation cords from 1-2pm.

Feel free to invite your friends and loved ones to this event! We look forward to celebrating you and your HUGE accomplishment. All OMA&D community members and current TRIO students are invited to the event to support and celebrate our graduating seniors! 

To RSVP for this event and secure your TRIO graduation cord, please fill out this RSVP form:

Additionally, if you would like to be featured on our OMA&D Academic Counseling Services website, please fill out this form by Monday, 5/27. We have a page dedicated to celebrating all our OMA&D Class of 2024 Graduates:

Hope to see you all there! 🙂

Hands on UW Bio Lab Tour

DATE: Mon. 4/29

TIME: 2:30-4:20 PM


Are you interested in doing research? TRIO has coordinated hands-on lab tours with UW biology research labs on-campus. During the tour you will: 

  • Get hands on experience performing a lab protocol in a science research lab 
  • Have time to ask 1 on 1 questions to scientists 
  • Get a personal lab tour 

Spots are limited, please email Patricia at to secure your spot.

Major Peer Panel

DATE: Mon. 5/6

TIME: 2:30 – 3:30 PM



Undecided on a major or wanting to learn more information about the major you’ve applied to? Join us for a peer panel event where we will have students from different majors sharing their experiences in the major so far. We will have a list of questions for the panelists but you are more than welcome to bring your own and get the most information out of this! 

TRIO Brunch

DATE: Thursday, 5/2

TIME: 10:30 AM – 1 PM



For Spring Quarter, we are having a TRIO Brunch event on Thursday, 5/2 10:30-1PM in MGH 171 instead of our Tasty TRIO Thursday events that we had in Fall/Winter quarter.

Engage with your TRIO community while enjoying pancakes, eggs, fruits, hot chocolate, coffee and more! Please use the RSVP link to reserve your spot!

Financial Literacy Workshop: Living on Your Own

DATE: Thursday, 4/18

TIME: 1:30 – 3:30 PM



We’ve entered TRiO Financial Literacy Month! Follow our weekly series throughout the month on Instagram. We will be sharing basic information on budgeting, credit, and savings. Stay tuned to see if you have the basics to be financially literate.

We will have an in-person workshop in MGH 171 on Thursday, 4/18 about Living On Your Own. Living on your own is one of the first steps in adulting! But what do you do when the smoke alarm goes off? Or if the toilet overflows? How often are you supposed to wash your bed sheets? And what are some easy ways you can save money day to day? Are you looking for an apartment, duplex, or housing outside of campus? What does the application process look like? How much will it cost? Do you know your tenant right? If you want a crash course on how to successfully live on your own, check out this workshop!

Gabriel E. Gallardo Grad Fair

Thinking about what you’ll do after graduating from the UW? Interested in learning more about graduate school and how it might fit in with your career goals?

Then come to the Gabriel E. Gallardo Grad School Fair, Monday, Apr. 22, 1-3 pm at the HUB North Ballroom, featuring almost 70 programs from both the UW and across the country in a wide range of disciplines!

Whether you’re interested in medical programs, business Master’s, STEM PhD or any graduate program in between, come talk with recruiters who are excited to meet with you and learn more about your interests! The GEG Grad Fair is particularly aimed at supporting students holding identities underrepresented in higher education, such as first-generation college student, low-income, or underrepresented minority backgrounds, so come to our grad fair and explore graduate school pathways in an encouraging environment alongside other students with shared backgrounds.

Complete the GEG Grad Fair RSVP form TODAY to attend!

Happy National TRIO Day 2024!

Image of UW campus and TRIO student events.

On February 24, 1986, concurrent resolution H. Con. Res. 278 declared the sense of Congress that February 28, 1986, should be designated “National TRIO Day” and that the achievements of the TRIO programs should be recognized. This year is the 38th anniversary of National TRIO Day. Congratulations to the University of Washington’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program! To celebrate, we’d like to highlight three amazing TRIO-SSS students here and on our UW TRIO Instagram (uwtriosss).

TRIO FAFSA Workshops

Need help with your FAFSA? Stop by Mary Gates Hall Suite 171 for our FAFSA Workshops:

  • Thursday, Jan. 25th 12:30 – 2:30 PM at MGH 171
  • Thursday, Feb 8th 10 AM – 12 PM at MGH 171

There will be a TRIO adviser available to assist you! Please RSVP by scanning the QR code below or visit the rsvp form at

TRIO Resume/Cover Letter Drop-In Hours

TRIO Resume/Cover Letter Drop-In Hours on Monday, 1/22 1-4 PM and Tuesday, 1/30 9AM-12 PM. Stop by for a one on one 15-minute appointment with our staff to improve your resume via zoom or in-person in MGH 171! Please bring in a first draft of your resume or cover letter.

RSVP – Let us know that you’re stopping by. Scan the QR code or go to

Tasty TRIO Thursdays: Winter Quarter

1st Thursday of every month from 9-11 AM at MGH 171 Jan. 4th | Feb. 1st | Mar. 7th

Stop by MGH 171 from 9-11 AM for our first Tasty TRIO Thursday: Pancakes of Winter Quarter! We decided to continue the Fall tradition into Winter Quarter and will have Tasty TRIO Thursdays during the first thursday of every month: Jan. 4th, Feb. 1st and Mar. 7th! Engage with your TRIO community with free tea and pancakes! 🥞

Use the QR code to RSVP or visit Please use your UW email to sign into the Microsoft Forms to RSVP. This event is for TRIO students only.

UW Majors Market: Wed. 11/15

Welcome OMAD (EOP, TRIO SSS, CAMP & Champions) students! We are excited to announce our Major Market Event where, every year, we host a variety of majors and departments for our student to explore their interests! Whether you are undecided, directly admitted, or applying to a major, this opportunity will help with narrowing down your options. You may even decide on a second major or adding a minor!

Save the date for our OMAD Major Market:

When: Wednesday- 11/15

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00PM

Location: Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC)


It’s a great chance to ask questions, clarify admissions steps, and get some UW swag!

We hope to see you all there!

TRIO Halloween Party

Join us for our annual TRIO Halloween Party on Monday, October 30th from 3-5PM at the ECC! 🎃 There will be pumpkin carving, popcorn and halloween festivities! RSVP at 👻

Microsoft LinkedIn Workshop

Connect with employees from Microsoft as they offer an interactive workshop on all things LinkedIn! This information will be followed up by small group time for UW students to connect with Microsoft employees.
LOCATION: UW Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB 101) – 1607 NE Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98195
Thursday, 10/19 from 4:30 – 6:20 PM at HSEB 101


Nordstrom Internship Workshop

Join us for an Internship Workshop delivered by Nordstrom Early In Recruiter, Amelia Carter.
Tuesday, 10/17 from 2-3 PM at the ECC Native/Chicano Room
Please RSVP at

Tasy TRIO Thursdays: Fall Quarter

1st Thursday of every month from 9-11 AM at MGH 171 (Thursday, 10/5, Thursday, 11/2, Thursday, 12/7)

Stop by MGH 171 from 9-11AM for our first Tasty TRIO Thursday: Pancakes! For Fall quarter, we will have Tasty TRIO Thursdays during the first thursday of every month: Oct. 5th, Nov. 2nd & Dec. 7th! Engage with your TRIO community with free tea and pancakes! 🥞

Use the QR code to RSVP or visit Please use your UW email to sign into the Microsoft Forms to RSVP. This event is for TRIO students only.

Stop by to meet TRIO staff and students!

Research Lab Tours: Mon. 10/2

TRIO & LSAMP have coordinated lab tours with 2 science research labs on campus: 🔬
1) Nemhauser Lab – Cell Signaling and Information Processing.
This lab investigates cell signaling networks to understand how organisms process and integrate information from their surroundings to sustain life.
2) Steinbrenner Lab – Plant Immunology.
This lab investigates how activation of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) which are part of the innate immune system, helps plants combat pests and pathogens.

Join us for the tour where you can:
• Get hands on experience performing a lab protocol in each science research lab
• Interact and connect with the scientists in the lab
• Get a personal lab tour

WHEN: Monday Oct 2 at 3-4:20 PM at the Life Sciences Building (meet at 2:55 PM on the main level near the coffee).

You must RSVP at

A&O Part 3: TRIO SSS New Student Welcome 2023

For our incoming first-year students, we are excited to welcome you to UW! Every year, we host a kick off event to meet you all before the first day of the quarter with fun events and food! Save the date for our A&O Part 3: TRIO New Student Welcome Event on Thursday, 9/21 at 10 AM at the Intellectual House. It will be a great chance to meet our other incoming first-year TRIO Scholars and staff. A&O Part 3: Community Connections is a manadatory in-person event and the last component of Advising & Orientation.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact your assigned TRIO Adviser. If you have any scheduling questions about A&O Part 3, please contact First Year Programs (FYP) via email at, via phone at (206) 543-4905, via text at (206) 207-5564.

Date: Thursday, 9/21

Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

Location: Intellectual House

TRIO SSS Celebrates 40 years of success at UW

It was 1980. Our department, then called the Office of Minority Affairs, had just received a new grant award from the U.S. Department of Education. The UW had won a new opportunity for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students with disabilities, and students who are the first in their families to pursue 4-year degrees. Three hundred students from this population would now have access to holistic advising, targeted instruction and tutoring, and innovative co-curricular opportunities to help them thrive and grow through the Husky experience and ultimately earn their Bachelor’s degrees. TRIO Student Support Services had arrived at the UW.

Today, 40 years later, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is pleased to announce that its TRIO-Student Support Services program has been awarded renewal of two grants, supporting both a TRIO-SSS Regular and a TRIO-SSS STEM program. The U.S. Department of Education awards total $3.86 million over the next five years. $2.56 million will fund services supporting 300 students in the Regular program, and $1.3 million will fund services for 120 students in the STEM-focused program.

Beyond providing holistic advising and instructional support, TRIO-SSS offers program participants a welcoming community where they can find belonging on a campus where they might easily feel like outsiders. For instance, first year program participants can take the TRIO-SSS orientation seminars that help students feel included in a UW community while they are just starting their college journey. In addition, UW TRIO-SSS offers a range of events and resources that are tailored to program participants’ needs, including financial literacy workshops, internship opportunities, and a lab class that teaches bench research skills.

Participants also build social connections and affirm their identities by sharing cultural knowledge at program sponsored events. Past activities have included a class on how to make spring rolls and a hike up to Rattlesnake Ledge.  UW TRIO-SSS programming leads students to participate in an inclusive community where they feel safe and appreciated at the university. Students taking the TRIO-SSS writing seminar for new Huskies, for example, report feeling welcomed into a community where they are accepted and understood.  Expressing this sense of belonging, Zavannah writes that TRIO-SSS offers her the opportunity to be “surrounded by people who make me feel included” and she says, “I feel at ease knowing that I can be myself.”  Her classmate, Evy, adds that with TRIO-SSS, “I don’t feel like I am walking alone. I feel empowered and that I can do anything regardless of race or ethnicity.”

As the new 5-year cycle begins, the TRIO-SSS tradition continues strong at the UW, and like Zavannah, future low-income, first generation students and students with disabilities will be able to say, “I have people around me who will empower me and support me.”