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Teera Wilkins serves as the Director of the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), where she brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to enhancing educational access for underrepresented populations. In her role, Teera is responsible for overseeing the implementation of programs designed to support low-income, first-generation college students, individuals with disabilities, and nontraditional students in their pursuit of higher education.

With a strong background in educational administration and student services, Teera has a proven track record of fostering environments that encourage academic achievement and personal growth. She is adept at securing funding, managing program budgets, and developing strategic partnerships that expand the reach and impact of the EOC.

As a passionate advocate for educational equity, Teera is dedicated to empowering students through mentorship, advocacy, and tailored support services. Her leadership style is collaborative and inclusive, ensuring that her team is motivated and equipped to meet the diverse needs of the communities they serve.

Teera graduated from Grand Rapids Publics Schools and participated in the GRCC Upward Bound program as a high school student. She worked as a Summer Residential staff member for GRCC and Upward Bound after graduating.

She continued her education at Tennessee State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Biology. Teera's interest in science and the medical field led her to work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for 10 years until she discovered her passion for working with underserved students and helping them reach their education potential.

Teera's work extends beyond the TRIO EOC, as she frequently engages in community outreach and professional development activities. “I’m committed to exposing students to the endless opportunities high education has to offer,” she said. Through her dedication and vision, Teera Wilkins continues to make a significant impact on the lives of countless students, helping them to overcome barriers and achieve their academic and career goals.

Connect with Teera and other members of the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center at 616-234-3399 or email at

Teera Wilkins
Project Director, TRIO Educational Opportunities Center
(616) 234-2551