James Desits

advisor, Talent search



  • M.S. Indiana University, Bloomington
  • B.A. Indiana University, Bloomington


I have been an Advisor with the Notre Dame TRiO Talent Search Program for 30 years. The Program had been in operation for one year when I started.

Areas of Responsibility in TRiO

  • Edison Intermediate Center grades 7–8
  • Greene Intermediate Center grades 7–8
  • Adams High School grades 9–12
  • Out-of -School Students(up to the age of 27)
  • Coordinator of TRiO’s annual Financial Aid/Financial Literacy Night
  • Coordinator of TRiO Talent Search’s Financial Aid Assistance Program 
  • FAFSA assistance for students with special circumstances


  • The I-MAEOPP Laverta L. Terry Outstanding Service Award
  • Alive With Service Award from the South Bend/Mishawaka Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Unsung Hero Award
  • Youth Service AwardSolidarity Day
  • Indiana University Groups Program Service Award
  • Notre Dame Award of Merit


I have a passion for history and sports. One of my favorite quotes is the following:  “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why…I dream of things that never were and say why not?” --Robert Kennedy