Address: Indiana TRIO
               5868 E. 71st Street, Suite E-616
               Indianapolis, IN 46220




Ronnell DuBose serves as the Assistant Director for Horizons Student Support Service at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a part of the Professional Development Committee for Student Success and Black Men of Excellence Network (BMEN) at Purdue University. Ronnell is an alumna of the Horizons Upward Bound program in Detroit but has been a part of Indiana TRIO just over a year. He is also a recent graduate of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Institute through the Educational Opportunity Association.

He is originally from Detroit where he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. After taking advantage of opportunities to work with various professionals on campus during his undergraduate experience, he realized working with college students was his passion. He earned his Master’s degree from Ball State University in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. Ronnell’s future goal is to one day become the Dean of Students for a higher educational institution. He also plans to continue to create college access for underserved student populations into higher education.


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Catalina Rodriguez serves as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Purdue University Northwest in Westville, Indiana. She is a committee member of the Multicultural Campus Council and the staff advisor of Unidos Club at PNW. She has served in multiple capacities with Indiana TRIO since 2014, including Secretary, Education and Legislation, Finance, Annual Conference, and Fair Share. As President, she also serves as a board member of the Educational Opportunity Association.

She is an Illinois native, but Indiana is her new home. Catalina graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Later she earned her Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Catalina is inspired by her parents who emigrated from Mexico to give her and her brothers unique opportunities in the U.S. As the first to complete college, she is devoted to guiding students reach their own firsts.

Contact Catalina at or (219) 785-5549.



Julia Jennings is the Director of Community and School Partnerships in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University where she conducts outreach initiatives with K-12 schools and community agencies to promote recruitment and retention of underrepresented students throughout Indiana and serves as the university-wide coordinator for the Herbert Presidential Scholars program. She also serves as the Treasurer for Indiana TRIO and currently chairs the Special Concerns & Affiliations and Educational Concerns committees.

Julia began her career at Indiana University as a first-generation college student on the IUPUI campus where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She later received a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Julia enjoys working with students to help them discover their own passions and career goals while encouraging them to take advantage of all the opportunities a college education affords.

Contact Julia at or (812) 855-5697.



Denise Cook serves as Administrative Assistant of Educational Talent Search at Ivy Tech Community College Lake County Campus. She has been in this position for the past 19 years. She served as a committee member on last year’s Indiana Student Leadership Conference.

Denise began her studies at Ivy Tech as a first generation college student and started my first job on campus as a work study in the Chancellor’s Office and Educational Talent Search. She obtained her Associates of Applied Science degree in Office Administration from Ivy Tech. She enjoys supporting students and families in Higher Education, making sure they have all the information needed succeed and graduate.  

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