TRIO is a set of eight federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in pursuit of a college degree. CSUN sponsors two of these programs, Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Upward Bound.
The ETS (grades 6-12) and Upward Bound (grades 9-12) programs at CSUN assist students in completing high school and pursuing a college degree. Our mission is to equip first generation or low-income families with up-to-date postsecondary and financial aid opportunities and enable students to attend the college or university of their choice.
Evelyn Torres Garcia, Director
Evelyn Torres Garcia is the director of TRIO, federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the last 10 years, she has worked to provide opportunities and access to higher education for K-12 students. Evelyn earned her master's degree from CSUN in counseling with an emphasis in college counseling and student services. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, where she teaches race, culture, gender and ethnicity development.
Santasha Williams, Assistant Director
Santasha Williams oversees the coordination of all activities and services related to the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs. She promotes access to higher education by providing educational and college preparatory services to assist students and their parents with secondary school completion and postsecondary school enrollment. Santasha discovered her passion for student services while working as an undergraduate intern recruiter for Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR). She received her bachelor’s in business law at CSUN and returned to continue the work she is so passionate about at TRIO.