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 Ph.D. 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
Sonya Barrett, TRIO SSS/STEM Office Coordinator
I am excited to be a part of the GVSU TRIO SSS 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.