Dr. Shannon Marie Williams is the Director of TRIO Programs at UIC: the Student Support Services (SSS) Program and the Upward Bound Program (UB). Dr. Williams received her PhD in Community Psychology from DePaul University. She has worked with the Arnold Fellows Mitchem Program, and both the TRiO McNair Scholars Program and TRiO Student Support Services Program, within the Center for Access & Attainment at DePaul. She was also the recent inaugural TRiO McNair Scholars Director at Roosevelt University. She has always been passionate about diversity, along with guiding and supporting other low-income, marginalized, first-generation college students to succeed in college and beyond, also connected to her experiences as a previous McNair Scholar. She served as the Illinois TRiO member of the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) within the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) and was the keynote speaker at the EOA National TRiO McNair Research Conference. In addition, Dr. Williams had the opportunity to engage in the Global Growth Experience (GGE) in Dublin, Ireland, teaching and conducting research, and later as a member of the TRiO family taking students overseas to multiple countries for their own abroad research experiences.
She also loves to travel, and enjoys music, acting, and playing soccer.