Our TRiO Programs

UNO TRiO  programs include :

9-12 grades: Upward Bound for Orleans and Jefferson Parishes

6-12 grades: Educational  Talent Search for Special Needs Students in Orleans Parish

Upward Bound Math and Science

For eligible college students enrolled at UNO:  UNO Student Support Service

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Our mission is to provide academic and college preparation support  for low-income, first generation college bound high school students and their families.

Under the direction of Brenda Brown are the following Upward Bound and Talent Search Programs:

 9-12 Grades:   Upward Bound Programs

Orleans Parish (Project PASS)

 Jefferson Parish (Project REACH & Jefferson Upward   Bound)

  • we start with students entering 9th  grade and provide support to them through high school and for 6 years after they graduate
  • we provide weekly in school tutoring at target schools, Saturday sessions and a summer program of academics and community partnerships
  • we serve students with special needs – however- students are not required to have documented IEP’s or 504 plans-
  • Our trained staff  understand the accommodations and modifications needed to help students with special needs. We attend IEP and 504 plan meetings as an outside support program.
  • we help students navigate the college entrance process
  • we involve parents every step of the way with what is needed to get their student into a post-secondary program
  • our program provides opportunities for college visits, career exploration and community service


Stephanie Murray – Associate Director Orleans Parish Schools          sfrisco@uno.edu                                                                                          504-280-1207

Robin Murray -Program Advisor   

rmmurra2@uno.edu                                                                                 504-280-3229

Tiffany Brown – Program Advisor


Eliza Nascarella – Assoc. Dir. Senior Services      enascare@uno.edu    504-280-5560

Brenda B. Brown – Director :  bmbrown1@uno.edu                                 504-280-6979

6- 12 Grades : Educational Talent Search Program

ACCESS – for Orleans Parish students for grades 6-12 with special needs: students are required to have documented IEP or 504 plans

ACCESS provides:

  • in school advising, workshops on college readiness, financial planning, time management, study skills, test taking and more
  • summer programming and field trips
  • advocacy for students with documented IEP or 504 plans
  • involve parents every step of the way with what is needed to get their student into a post-secondary program
  • our program provides opportunities for college visits and career exploration

Dion Dukes – Associate Director- ddukes@uno.edu                                      504-280-7425

Jean Ware – Summer Program Coordinator –  jbware@uno.edu               504-280-7152

Johnique Johnson – Program Advisor –   jjohso7@uno.edu                                          504-280-6951

Eliza Nascarella- Coordinator of Senior Services   enascare@uno.edu    504-280-5560

Classic Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math and Science

Under the direction of Ms. Lynette Bates, Classic Upward Bound and UBMS also serve students in Orleans parish schools, primarily Lake Area, KIPP Renaissance and Clark. Services are similar to the above mentioned Upward Bound programs.

Lynette Bates- Director- Classic Upward Bound: ldbates@uno.edu              504-280-7050

Eligible UNO College Students : TRiO Student Support Services

Student Support Services provide a seamless support system for TRiO students throughout their post-secondary career at UNO.

Nora Chapuis – Director