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 

Click Here to Apply for a Mentor

Meet the Mentors

Alyiah Peer Mentor Photograph

Alaiyah Arnold

Alaiyah is a double major in Advertising & Public Relations and Communications Studies. Her most impactful experience with TRIO was during her freshman year at GVSU. Because of the support and sense of community from TRIO, Alaiyah was empowered to become involved on campus and finish the year strong. Two years later, Alaiyah is here to offer the same support to other students as a peer mentor. She looks forward to helping other first-generation students adjust to college life and connecting them to campus resources!


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Fun Fact: Alaiyah loves cats.


Davon Whitfield Peer Mentor Photograph

Davon Whitfield

TRIO has been a big help when it comes to navigating and managing life throughout college my freshman year, and has continually been a big presence behind the scenes by providing resources to help me succeed after college.


Hometown: Dearborn Heights

Major: Film/ Video Major

Fun Fact(s): 

John Cena follows me on Twitter, so I’m sort of a big deal

I am the president of Impact The Movement Student Org on campus

I do event photography and videography

Page last modified October 26, 2021