Carrie Bullock Ben-Yisrael
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Carrie Bullock Ben-Yisrael, Director
Top 5 Gallup CliftonStrengths Themes: Learner, Activator, Strategic, Focus, Command
Personal pronouns: she/her/hers
Carrie is TRIO for LIFE and brings with her over 15+ years of experience in TRIO Programs (from Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, McNair, ETS, and TRIO SSS) and over 20+ years’ experience with access programming to higher education. Her undergraduate degree (Mount Holyoke College) was designed specifically to address community development and organization on collegiate campuses, with a concentration on the needs of institutionally underrepresented populations at historical/predominantly white institutions (H/PWIs). Her graduate work (The Citadel) is in student affairs and administration. In the last twelve years before coming to WSU, she specifically concentrated on STEM/STEAM education access and exposure programming.
As the most recent academic coordinator/retention specialist she saw it as her job to make sure our scholars and their families were prepared academically, emotionally, socially, and financially, to successfully enroll in and complete undergraduate, graduate and/or professional studies. As the founding associate director of TRIO’s McNair Scholars program, founding director of ACCESS programs at the College of Charleston, and the Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS) academic/program coordinator at Trident Technical College, she knows and loves her craft of empowering scholars and has appreciated the opportunity to practice it in various environments, including rural and urban areas. Go Cougs!