Marian University Director of Student Support Services Named President Elect of WAEOPP

September 19, 2019

Melissa Leudtke HeadshotMelissa Luedtke, Marian University’s Director of TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS), has been named President Elect for the Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (WAEOPP).

Luedtke has been serving on the WAEOPP Executive Board since she was elected Member-at-Large in 2017 and will now attend the Executive Leadership Institute for College Opportunity Professionals at Yale University in October. She joined Marian in March 2013 as Director of TRIO-SSS, which provides 140 students with academic, financial and career coaching aimed to increase good academic standing, persistence and graduation rates. She has worked in higher education for 20 years in northeastern Wisconsin in a variety of areas of student affairs.

“I am proud to be able to continue to serve an organization that supports professionals working toward equal opportunity for all in higher education,” said Luedtke. “I am excited to continue to increase my service to the greater TRIO community to continue to advocate for educational opportunities in our state, region and nationwide.”

WAEOPP’s mission is to support its members in promoting equal opportunity in education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds including first-generation, limited income, veterans, students with disabilities and students from racially and ethnically underrepresented populations. It is a charter member of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA), consisting of eight chapter associations in the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

EOA addresses the needs and interests of its constituents, including students, alumni, and staff of TRIO programs, administrators, faculty and staff of higher education institutions and individuals in public and private agencies that support the mission of the association. TRIO Programs are Federal grant funded outreach programs through the U.S. Department of Education designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Currently there are 66 TRIO programs in Wisconsin serving 10,395 students throughout the educational pipeline.