William Washington Ph.D., Program Director
Dr. William Washington, born and raised in Flint, is a Laker for a Lifetime. He returned to become the TRiO Student Support Services Director. Dr. Washington studied at Grand Valley State University for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees then went on to Eastern Michigan University for his PhD in Educational Leadership. Previously he worked as a Graduate Assistant in housing and worked his way up to an Assistant Director of housing, so he knows his way around GVSU. He believes in the 5 F’s: faith, family, finances, friends and fraternity which is a reflection of his life. He is married with 3 children (one currently a Laker) and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Dr. Washington is a flourishing entrepreneur and co-owner of a local fitness center and has goals of owning his own restaurant. Everything in his life reflects his motto “I am not successful until I help the next person be successful.” His goals for TRiO SSS are to increase retention, persistence, and graduation by supporting all students, moreover, he has a special interest in African American male achievement.
Ariel Arnold, Program Advisor
Ariel Arnold currently serves as a Program Advisor for TRiO Student Support Services. Ariel graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Africana Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Education Leadership from Western Michigan University. During her time at Western Michigan University, Ariel provided project support for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Healing Planning Grant for academic success and school readiness, advised and mentored students in the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, and competed as a Division 1 student-athlete for the women’s track and field team. Ariel also presented at the Michigan College Personnel Association conference and served as a Next Generation Student Affairs Committee member. Ariel plans to continue to serve as mentor for students on GVSU campus through NIARA.
“I enjoy challenging and supporting my students to accomplish their goals which is an essential piece to student development. I truly believe our work has a great impact on our student lives.”
In her spare time Ariel enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, sporting events and volunteering with youth in the community.
You can email Ariel at email@example.com
Care Allen, Program Services Coordinator
Care Allen currently serves as a Program Services Coordinator for TRiO Student Support Services. Care graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University and a Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. During her time at Michigan State University, Care was a McNair Scholar and Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholar. As a Masters student at Grand Valley State University, Care was a graduate assistant in Housing and Residence Life, a mentor for the NIARA program, as well as an advisor for the Intercultural Resident Assistant Mentor group. She has published work in GLACUHO TRENDS Magazine as well as research on High Achieving African American students at community colleges. Care served as a college advisor in the Michigan State University College Advising Corp in collaboration with the National College Advising Corp. She dedicated her time as the College advisor in West Ottawa High School in 2013-2014 and helped over 1,000 students learn about and gain access to post-secondary education. Care has presented at the Michigan College Personnel Association conference, Grand Valley State Universities Leadership Summit as well as their Teach-In. Care has also participated in several case study competitions and presented to students all over campus about leadership opportunities.
“Support programs such as TRiO serve as a platform to develop knowledge and skills relevant to education and citizenship, but also provides a great opportunity for young people to achieve personal growth. Through my role as Program Coordinator, I will share experiences with students that I hope will ensure that they are fully equipped to be productive and active citizens in their local communities and the world.”
In her spare time Care owns a Fashion Consulting company called Fashion with Care (www.fashionwithCare.com). She is also a Fashion and Beauty Blogger and Vlogger.
Sonya Barrett, TRiO SSS/STEM Office Coordinator
I am excited to be a part of the GVSU TriO and STEM family. Having worked with multiple Federal and State funded programs while working at Muskegon – Oceana MI WORKS!, I developed a passion for assisting people of all ages and backgrounds with resources to help them achieve their personal, educational and professional career goals.
In my free time I enjoy golfing, going to movies and visiting my two adult daughters that reside on the East side of the State with my two granddaughters and three grand –dogs.