President's Corner

Greetings Illinois TRIO Membership!

I hope you all have had a wonderful Holiday Break and a Happy New Year. It is exciting to sit in a seat that I have dreamed of being in since I was a TRIO student in the 90s – 2000s (UB/SSS). I AM TRIO and TRIO IS ME! I am so grateful for all the Illinois TRIO Professionals who molded me into the leader that I am today and also to those who voted and elected me to this position. I look forward to serving you all in this 2020-2021 fiscal year.

I bring you all greetings from the southeastern region of the State of Illinois, where I am the TRIO/Student Support Services Director at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois. I know times are still challenging for most of us and our daily routine and activities are still being altered by the pandemic regulations. As the State of Illinois reverted back to a lower phase in the wake of the increased COVID-19 numbers, we have had to shift many of our events, programs, activities, and services to virtual platforms.

Virtual programming is quickly evolving to provide solutions for quality human connections in a climate of uncertainty since March 2020. I expect a great fiscal year as the Illinois TRIO Association President, despite the COVID mandates that have changed how we view “normal” activities. We will continue to provide a variety of new and creative events/activities and we hope that you all will actively participate.

Our Executive Board and Committee Chairs are prepared to bring fresh, creative, innovative, and exciting ideas to the Illinois TRIO Association this year. We are still practicing safe social distancing and safe/healthy spaces for gathering and meeting throughout this year as well.


My theme for the 2020 – 2021 year is “Utilizing Transparency and Integrity to Strengthen our Foundation.” This theme developed out of my dedication to continue the legacy that Past President DeAndre Butler started in his tenure, before COVID abruptly shut down the world.

We are still looking for committee members, so if you are interested in joining our leadership team, please contact me as soon as possible. Please visit our website and/or social media platforms for additional information.

If you have any questions, please contact me via phone at 618-252-5400 ext. 2432 or via email at

Lolita L. Mack

Illinois TRIO Association | President