Eric Williams was recently honored with the Laverta L. Terry Outstanding Service Award through TRIO and the Alvin S. Bynum Award for Excellence in Academic Mentoring through the Office of Academic Affairs.
Williams currently serves as the senior executive director of the Educational Equity Programs (EEP) in University College. The EEPs include the 21st Century Scholars Success Program, Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program (DEAP), TRIO Student Support Services, and TRIO Upward Bound, as well as the Scholar Support Programs for Nina, Bowen, and Thrive Scholars.
Williams holds a doctorate in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University. His career has focused on developing student success initiatives that serve and advocate for students from historically underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds.
Williams shared that the Laverta L. Terry award was one that meant a great deal to him, especially as he had the opportunity to meet and interview her while completing a research project during his graduate studies.
“I met her and interviewed her, you know, got a chance to really get to know her on a personal level, and so it was very rewarding to receive an award that was named in her honor,” Williams said.