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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

UCR_Trio-Scholars_Norman-Borgonia

Norman BorgoniaTRIO Scholars Director

Norman is proudly from San Bernardino County but also calls the Bay Area his home. He received his B.A. in Exercise Biology from UC Davis and recently graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Norman firmly believes that higher education can be a powerful tool for individual and community uplifting, and he is committed to doing the work necessary to support students from marginalized communities. His experience includes college access work in the Inland Empire, intersectional identity and leadership workshops, new student orientation, and student support services.

E-mail: norman.borgonia@ucr.edu
Phone: (951) 827-3888

UCR_Trio-Scholars_Sonia-Garcia

Sonia Garcia Avelar, 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. She is passionate about working in higher education and student affairs to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students and community members. 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.

E-mail: sonia.garcia@ucr.edu 
Phone: (951) 827-6195

UCR_Trio-Scholars_Bianca-Saucedo

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.

E-mail: bianca.saucedo@ucr.edu 
Phone: (951) 827-3837

Meet Our Student Staff

Tutors

Our program provides TRIO Scholars with tutors a variety of subjects. We also partner with the Academic Resource Center and academic departments to support students’ academic success. We hire throughout the year. Check out Handshake for job opportunities with the TRIO Scholars Program.

Amity Lodevico
Senior
Major: English
Tutoring Subjects: English/Peer Review

Avraim Ayoub
Senior
Major: Mathematics
Tutoring Subjects: Mathematics

Brandon Zaldumbide
Senior
Major: Biology
Tutoring Subjects: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology

Vanessa Cuarenta
Senior
Major: English
Tutoring Subjects: English/Peer Review


Peer Mentors

Upper-division peer mentors are assigned to TRIO Scholars to help them connect to campus resources. TRIO Scholars will meet with their mentor bi-weekly to discuss general concerns and learn about academic and support opportunities.

Alan Arteaga
Political Science/International Relations
Second-Year

Alexis Perez
Sociology
Senior

Brenda Barragan
General Mathematics
Senior

Cristina Chen
Liberal Studies
Second-Year

Erin Bui Khuong
Business Administration
Senior

Esmeralda Santos
Education
Third-Year

Filiberto Romero-Bautista
Psychology/Law & Society
Senior

Hugo Palacios
Education & Society
Third-Year

Itzel Rojas
Pre-Business
Third-Year

Ivette Garcia
Psychology (Minor in Economics)
Senior

Jennifer Briones
Spanish Literature & Latin American Studies
Senior

Kelly Mendoza
Business Administration, Management Concentration
Third-Year

Rosario Olmos
Education
Third-Year

Thomas Valenzuela
Physics
Senior

Valeria Mena
Spanish Literature & Education
Senior

Vanessa Banuelos Herrera
Biology
Third-Year

Wendy Rincon
Bioengineering
Third-Year