Dorianne Dias has been a SSS Project Advisor since 2011. She has been a non-traditional and at-risk academic advisor for more than 8 years. Originally from Conway, AR, she moved with her family to the Hudson Valley area of New York where she attended the local community college. As a non-traditional student, she received a scholarship to pursue an education bachelors at New York University. During her full time studies, she balanced a baby, part time work, and a long commute into New York City. She earned her B.S. in 2004 and completed her M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Columbia University in 2008. Her work in TRiO/SSS Project allows her to make the world a better place by helping those in it.