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The Secret to Our Students' Success

As the staff of UC Riverside's TRIO Scholars programs, we are focused on our students' success. That involves implementing, administering and evaluating TRIO Scholars programs and services. Our goals are based on the retention, graduation and success of first-generation and low-income students here at UCR.

The TRIO Scholars community isn't our students' only form of support. We strive to connect them to multiple resources. Faculty, administrators, staff, alumni and community leaders provide a cohesive support team and network to maximize our students' success. 

Meet Our Professional Staff


Sonia Garcia Avelar, M.Ed., Retention Specialist

Sonia grew up in the Inland Empire and is a UC San Diego Alumna with a B.A. in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. Sonia received her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Policy in the Spring of 2022 from UC Riverside. Sonia is an advocate for educational equity and believes that her experiences working in higher education and cultural centers will help bridge existing gaps in the institution. Her experience includes working in access and retention work in San Diego and the Inland Empire, working with diverse communities and predominantly low-income, first-generation students.

Phone: (951) 827-6195


Bianca Saucedo, Educational Adviser

Bianca grew up in the Inland Empire and received her B.A in Art Education at CSU San Bernardino. She graduated from University of Redlands in spring 2017 with a Master of Higher Education degree. Bianca is passionate about serving students. Her experience comes from working with first-generation and first-year students. She has also advised students in a national cultural organization.

Phone: (951) 827-3837


Daisy Rodriguez, Director

Daisy has dedicated her career to working with programs that support students across the academic pipeline. She is passionate about serving students and has experience managing programs in both K-12 and higher education. Daisy received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Human Development from the University of California, San Diego and her master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. She grew up in the Inland Empire and strongly believes in the impact that student equity programs, like TRIO Scholars, have in students’ lives and communities.

Phone: (951) 827-3888