TRIO Upward Bound Empowerment Staff


Rhonda Hicks, Director

Rhonda Hicks was a participant in TRIO Talent Search while a student at South High School. When she came to Wichita State, she joined TRIO Student Support Services and graduated in 1995. She worked in WSU’s Admissions for two years and the American Heart Association for one year. She returned to Wichita State in 1991 to become the associate director of TRIO Upward Bound Wichita Prep (UBWP). Hicks completed a master’s degree in management information systems at Friends University in 2006. She was promoted to director of UBWP in 2012. She co-authored the Upward Bound Empowerment (UBE) program proposal and has been director of since fall 2017

Shauntelle Thompson, Assistant Director

Shauntelle Thompson graduated from Wichita State with a degree in pschology and seeks to pursue a masters in educational pscyhology. Thompson worked for Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP for five years with at-risk teen in foster care system. With her transition to Upward Bound Empowerment in fall 2017, Thompson is able to continue her work with diverse students in the community. As assistant director, she will be more of the hands-on with program planning and recruiting eligible participants. Thompson has a rich experience of providing career couselng, educational workshops and seminars and supervise residential components of educational programs. Thompson is a graduate of Wichita Heights High School.

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