Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that February 28, 1986, be declared “National TRIO Day,” a day on which the Nation is asked to turn its attention to the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, to the investment necessary if they are to become contributing citizens of this country and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made. Passed the House of Representatives February 27, 1986.
The idea of TRIO Day originated in the House of Representaties with a formal resolution as noted in the language above. Rather than focus on how our students are "disadvantaged," we use TRIO Day to acknowledge the success of students in our program. At the end of every spring semester, TRIO Day celebrations at UW-Rock County highlight the accomplishments of current TRIO students and recognize the success of distinguished alumni of the program. TRIO students at UW-Rock County have gone on to make contributions to the community as teachers, attorneys, journalists, small business owners, engineers, and leaders in many other fields.