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About Us

Since 1993, our main goal at the TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSSP) is to create a home-base environment where supportive learning takes place using a holistic approach focusing on a student’s academic, cultural and social experience at UC San Diego. Students receive academic support, develop supportive peer networks, participate in a variety of activities designed to enhance their success at UC San Diego, and increase their awareness of graduate and professional programs.

The UC San Diego TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSSP) is 100% federally funded annually at $321,755.

  • Berenice Jau (Director)

    Berenice Jau (Director)


    •Originally from National City, CA

    •Doctoral Candidate - Education Leadership (UCSD)

    •M.A. Education (SDSU) & B.A. Sociology (UCSD)

    •Wahupa Educational Talent Search (ETS) alumnus [1992—1993]

    •With SSSP since 2010

  • Eddie Paje (Assistant Director)

    Eddie Paje (Assistant Director)


    •Originally from Honolulu, HI

    •M.A. Higher Education Leadership (USD) & B.S. Kinesiology - Athletic Training (SDSU)

    •UCSD TRIO Upward Bound alumnus [1987—1990]

    •With SSSP since 2018 & 2008—2012

  • Gabriela Miramontes (Assistant Program Coordinator)

    Gabriela Miramontes (Assistant Program Coordinator)


    •Originally from Long Beach, CA

    •B.S. Psychology with a Ethnic Studies minor (UCSD)

    •UCSD TRIO SSSP alumnus (2013—2017)

    •With SSSP since 2021