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Desarae Nelson, Ed.D.

Project Director | dxnelson1@ualr.edu | (501) 916-6165

Desarae Nelson

Desarae Nelson

Education:  Doctorate of Higher Education Administration from UA Little Rock; Master of Science in Sports Administration from Henderson State University; Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ouachita Baptist University

Short Bio:  Born and raised in Arkadelphia, AR, I come from a family of TRIO professionals. I love fishing and spending time with friends and family. Education is my passion. I love helping people expand their educational horizons because education, once achieved, can never be taken away. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”-Nelson Mandela

What do you love about TRIO:  I love that TRIO provides nontraditional and underrepresented students opportunities to be successful in post-secondary education. There are so many times when students may consider giving up on their hopes and dreams because life just seems to knock them down. Thankfully, TRIO is always there to encourage them and support them along their journey so that they can continue to move forward one step at a time.

Why should Students Join SSS:  Students should join SSS because there are so many ways that SSS can assist them. Students don’t always consider what needs they have outside of everyday academic needs. While SSS provides assistance with academic needs, SSS also provides networking opportunities and relationships that will last well beyond the student’s time here at UA Little Rock. TRIO SSS is a nurturing, family atmosphere. Come join our TRIO family because TRIO works!

 

Sharina Miller 

Advisor for student’s last name L-Z | sxjones3@ualr.edu | (501) 916-6164 

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Sharina Miller

Sharina Miller

Education:  Master of Arts in Counseling with emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling; Bachelor of Science in Biology

Short Bio:  I am a TRIO Alumni (Upward Bound and Student Support Services Program).  I have a lot of TRIO experience as a student and as a professional. I am very passionate about education. I believe any student can be successful, but he or she must be focused, dedicated and utilize the resources available to him or her. I love spending time with family and friends.

What do you love about TRIO:  I love that TRIO offers what was given to me and now I have the opportunity to guide, mentor and pay it forward.  I love the supportive and team-minded staff that makes sure each student’s needs are met.  I love being able to assist students in achieving their goals and preparing for their future endeavors.

Why should Students Join SSS:  Students should join SSS to receive the necessary encouragement from an SSS advisor who will help guide them to accomplish their educational goals.  A student in our program will be able to participate in Grant Aid scholarship, Textbook Loan Program, cultural events, and specific topic workshops, just to name a few resources SSS provides.  Free individualized tutoring opportunities are also available.  Are you planning on Graduate School? Another resource SSS offers is the opportunity to participate in graduate school trips; which is another rewarding experience SSS provides toward ensuring that students are successful and graduate.

 

Ulonda Frazier 

Advisor for student’s last name A-K | udfrazier@ualr.edu | (501) 916-6161 

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Ulonda Frazier

Ulonda Frazier

Education:  Master of Science in Adult Education with emphasis in Workforce Development Education from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Short Bio:  Born and raised in beautiful Hot Springs, AR, where I’ve worked in higher education since 2002. I serve as a mentor in my community and have a deep passion for education and helping students fulfill their educational goals. I love traveling, entertaining, and spending time with my family and friends.

What do you love about TRIO:  What is there not to love about TRIO?! TRIO offers awesome resources for the students, that include academic tutoring, career advising, and cultural events. The staff work together to ensure the students have everything they need to thrive.

Why should Students Join SSS:  Students should join SSS to get that extra push or motivation they may need to successfully complete their program of study. SSS provides a number of tools and resources, that gives the student a greater advantage to be successful and obtain their undergraduate degree.
“You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

 

Michelle Grice 

Michelle Grice

Success Coordinator | mgrice@ualr.edu | (501)916-6166  Schedule an Appointment

Education: Additional Studies at The University of Memphis; Master or Arts in Liberal Studies/Communications from Grambling State University; Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Communications from The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Short Bio: I am a native Arkansan, promoter of academic excellence, and a third-generation educator. With 27 years of experience in higher education, I have served non- traditional, first-generation, and uniquely designed learners. I believe the measure of student success is contingent, in part, upon clearly stated goals, objectives and expectations, civility in the classroom, and adaptation of teaching/learning strategies to
meet the needs of a culturally diverse student population. Like Lawrence Clark Powell, I also believe one should “Write to be understood, speak to be heard, and read to grow.” Apart from my professional service, I value quality time spent with my immediate and extended family and friends.

What do you love about TRIO: I love that TRIO serves as a bridge that provides a clearly defined passage to one’s desired destination, regardless of race, religion, gender, socio-economic status towards an excellent education and mobile career pathway.

Why should Students Join SSS: I believe students should join SSS because this valuable resource provides limitless opportunities to one’s academic and professional goals. Likewise, the uniquely trained professionals place a high value of education and a desire for all students to reach their ultimate potential.

 

Marty Mayfield

Project Coordinator | mnmayfield@ualr.edu | (501) 916-6163

Marty Mayfield

Marty Mayfield

Education:  M.A Human Resources Management, Webster University; B.A. in Management Information Systems, UA Little Rock

Short Bio:  I have over 14 years of professional higher education experience. I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas and was the first in my family to graduate from a 4-year institution. I understand and can relate to first-generation college students. Family time is my hobby!

What do you love about TRIO:  What I love about TRIO is how everyone works together to ensure that our students are informed about the different activities happening across campus.  The TRIO program also visits other universities to prepare our students for Graduate School opportunities on their academic journey past an undergraduate degree.

Why should Students Join SSS: Students should join TRIO because we can relate to them.