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About Us

Meet the TRiO Staff , TRiO Location and TRiO History

Magda MartinezMagda Martinez-Baca, Director of TRiO Student Support Services, has been an advocate for educational opportunity throughout her career. Prior to her work with TRiO, she worked in New Mexico and Texas with educational grant programs. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is also a graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology.

Magda Martinez-Baca, Program Director, (505) 224-4376,

Rob Carriaga Rob Carriaga is our Achievement Coach and is a first-generation college graduate with a double-major bachelor's degree in Communication and Psychology and a master's degree in Counseling. He has worked for over 10 years in higher education as an educational advisor, counselor, and adjunct instructor of Communication studies.

Rob Carriaga, TRiO Achievement Coach, (505) 224-4377,

TRiO Tutor Coordinator - Jimi SanchezJimi Sanchez is a native New Mexican and TRiO Alumni. He came back to school as a 45 year old freshman and has received his Bachelors in Science in the Organization, Information and Learning Sciences. He is continuing his education at the University of New Mexico to obtain his Master’s Degree and is also a McNair Scholar. He is well versed in the culture of adult education.

Jimi Sanchez, Tutor Coordinator, (505) 224-4000, ext. 52947,

Willie Willie Smoker is our Office Manager and is a CNM graduate. He graduated in 2001 with an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts and a certificate in Pharmacy Technician, both with honors. He enjoys assisting students along their path to graduation and sees the TRiO program as an excellent platform to do so.

Willie Smoker, Administrative Technical Assistant, (505) 224-4375,

TRiO Location

TRiO Student Support Services is located in the Basehart Temporary #4 at Main Campus near Smith Brasher building on the west side of University.

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TRiO History

The following is information about the history of TRiO. TRiO is a national program with many participants. Many students have benefited from the program.