Joretta Harrell-HyattJoretta Harrell-Hyatt

Major: Psychological Sciences

Minor: Urban Agriculture

Been part of the TRIO family for 3 Years

Favorite Class: Multicultural Psychology

Dream Career: I’d love to combine my love of urban agriculture with Psychological Sciences. The two fields are very therapeutic, and I’d love to continue a career where it can benefit a community where nutrition and therapy are implemented. Denver Mental Health Center, Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being has an awesome practice that I’d love to check out. I’m interested in following up with either this program or a similar cite as a career goal.


Daniel PeraltaDaniel Peralta

Major: International Business with a concentration in Economics

Been part of the TRIO family for 6 years

Favorite Class: Economic History of the U.S.

Dream Career: To work for Google and try to learn as much as possible from it to start my own business in the near future.

We are recognizing Daniel for all the hard work he has put in to complete his degree. He has worked two jobs for much of the last two years and still managed to stay on top of his studies. During this time, Daniel has also been a great addition to our TRIO student staff. He is currently working towards finding an internship, so that he can be work ready once he graduates at the end of this semester. We are so excited to see what he will be off to!


Vanessa AtencioVanessa Atencio

Major: Psychology

Minor: Social Work

Been part of the TRIO family for 4 years, two at FRCC and two at MSU; “I didn’t even know it was an extension of TRIO till about 3 years ago but I was also a part of Talent Search in high school.”

Favorite Class: My favorite class this semester has been my Privilege, Oppression, and Power Class. It has allowed me to face conversation and thoughts I don’t always want to and to recognize triggers and to move through them as to why they are triggers still doing a lot of work in this class but it’s much needed and honestly feel it should be apart of all degrees.

What is your dream career? My dream Career is to work for TRIO! I want to be an advisor and one day direct the program (or build one). I want to do give back and help students navigate this system that is impossible if you don’t have at least one person in your corner the way I did. If it wasn’t for TRIO and the people I have in my Corner (ERIC & JOE(past advisor)) I wouldn’t still be pushing or having that person continuously reminding me I belong. I want to be that person for another student. Getting to watch the changes that happen with a student not just academically but mentally, emotionally, professionally, just the overall change that happens, I can’t wait to be a part of. I’m also very aware of my privilege as a white passing Latina and trust me I’m going to use that privilege to bring up my people and all POC! And when I’m no longer cool enough to work in higher Education because let’s be honest there’s a time for everyone to leave at some point or another in the career, I want to work for hospice patients and their families which is why my undergrad degree was broad and my graduate degree has an emphasis on counseling but adds to Higher Education and Student Affairs.

We are so excited to recognize Vanessa for all the hard work she had done and for being so involved on campus. It has been an honor to watch her grow and we are so proud of all that she has accomplished!


Josue BarrancasJosue Barrancas

Major: Restaurant Management

Minor: Water Studies.

Been part of the TRIO family for 3 years

Favorite Class: Microeconomics because I didn’t learn about budgeting or anything to do with personal finances in high school and I think most people need this knowledge to navigate adult life.

Dream Career: My dream career would be a food blogger. It would be nice to get paid to travel and critique food. I’ll keep on dreaming though!

We are recognizing Josue for not only for excelling academically, but also for being a great role model for other students. He is always eager to lend a hand to any students needing tutoring or to lend an ear to anyone who needs a friend. He is very passionate about his interests and we are so excited to see him continue to grow after graduation!