TRIO SSS Peer Mentor Program

TRIO Student Support Services Peer Mentor Program

The peer mentor is a student staff member who provides leadership for participants in the TRIO Student Support Services Program. Mentors assist in achieving the program goal of supporting first-generation and low-income students who are pursuing degrees at Grand Valley State University. In addition, the program’s primary goal is graduating all students who participate in the program. TRIO Student Support Services Program is a yearlong program. Each mentor will be assigned to help first-year students of the program in exploring and succeeding in their studies and campus community.

If you are not a first-year student and would like a mentor click below 

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Meet the Mentors


Domonique Palmer

Major: Integrative Studies, Social Impact for Urban Youth

Hometown: Inner-city of Detroit, MI

How TRIO has impacted you: Increased my social and cultural capital 

skills, normalized my problems, gave me opportunities to travel the country for free, gave me a platform to mentor/give back

What you enjoy most about being a mentor : When a student finally opens up & feel comfortable coming to me about academic and personal challenges  

Fun fact: Love R&B Soul music, love Strawberry Shortcake ice-cream, love to laugh!

Kyrah Ross

Kyrah Ross

My name is Kyrah. I was born in raised in Detroit, MI.  I’m a Writing and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies double major, and African American Studies Minor. My dream job is working as a writer and content creator for Essence Magazine or BET.

TRIO has helped me to be more open to utilizing my resources on campus and the faculty at TRIO has offered me a space to come to when during stressful times in the semester and even during those times that aren’t about academics. Meeting with my advisors always proves beneficial as I leave the TRIO office feeling refreshed and motivated as they and everyone else in the program continuously encourages me to stay on task, and to look at life with a positive perspective. What I enjoy most about being a mentor is that I get to pass those traits on to my mentees, get to encourage them and be a positive presence in their lives. 

Fun Fact: 

Some activities on my bucket list include cliff diving, skydiving, and flying a plane.

Lavar Green-Jackson

Lavar Green-Jackson

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience, Minor: Spanish 

Hometown: Clinton Township, MI

TRiO has impacted me in ways I could've never imagined prior to joining the program. It has allowed me to develop academically, personally, and professionally. Being a first-generation student, it was difficult trying to navigate higher education, however, TRiO made the transition much easier and assisted me along every step of the way. I'm grateful to the TRiO staff for being so committed to the enhancement of their students and our education. From study tables to cultural and even international trips, TRiO has given me experiences of a lifetime that I won't ever forget.

What I enjoy most about being a peer mentor is the positive impact I am able to make on my mentees that I wish I had in the past. 

Fun facts: I have two younger brothers, I studied abroad in Chile, and I like to play volleyball, workout, or travel in my spare time. 

Nicolette Nelson

Nicolette Nelson

I’m a senior with a double major in group social studies and secondary education with a double minor in earth science and environmental studies. I’m from Sturgis, Michigan. TRIO has impacted me because it’s help provide me with different resources on campus that has helped guide me and push me to succeed in my future career goals. What I enjoy most about being a mentor is meeting new people as well as discovering new things about TRIO that I never new existed before till I really involved myself in the program. Fun facts I’m involved in multiple clubs on campus: National science teachers association, teachers of tomorrow, TRIO SSS. I play intramural sports, I currently work three jobs while In school, and I studied abroad in London, England last semester and am currently planning on studying abroad this summer in Tanzania, Africa.

Nia Bashir-Benton

Nia Bashir-Benton

Major: Business Management

Hometown: Flint, MI

 TRIO has been my main source of excellence! The program has introduced me to students and staff that have helped shape my experience as a Laker. TRIO has provided a plethora of resources that have aided in my success as a student, and a professional. The program makes it possible for first-generation students to excel in all areas and help shape the experience of others. TRIO is my home away from home.

 I enjoy using what I have learned as a first-generation student to help first year and transfer students navigate their way through college. Being a listening ear and someone students can count on is the most influential aspect of being a Peer Mentor. I feel like the program gives students insight and hope for what they can achieve as a TRIO student. I enjoy the connections that are made during each encounter as well as the relationship that continues even after the program. The Peer Mentor program not only helps me grow as a student and individual but it also gives me the opportunity to help someone else grow and conquer their aspirations and goals.

Fun fact(s): 

I'm left handed.

I had my braces on my teeth removed 10 years ago.

I have lived on campus all 4.5 years.  

Trevor Dunn

Trevor Dunn

 My name is Trevor, I am currently a junior majoring in Allied Health Sciences: Pre-Med/Pre-PA, and am from Westland, MI. I have been apart of TRIO since I was a freshman in high school, it is a huge part of the reason why I'm in college right now. TRIO helped me find my passion in life and has ever since opened doors for me that have helped me in all areas of my life. More importantly, I love the mission that TRIO is on to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to accomplish their goals. My favorite part of being a mentor is to help first-year students navigate through that scary/exciting first year where they're experiencing an entirely new life. But, also being introduced to new responsibilities that can be overwhelming. I think that my ability to relate certain issues first years encounter like mental health issues, academic challenges, and just trying to find a balance that allows them to know they're not alone in this and helps them feel at home here at GVSU.

Fun Facts:

-I'm the first person in my family to go to college!

-I'm a Resident Assistant!

-I love photography, especially scenery.

-I love sports and am down to talk about sports with anyone for hours! Especially football.