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 began.

Areas of Responsibility In TRiO

  • Clay High School (Grades 11 – 12)

  • Career Academy (Grades 11 – 12)

  • Adams High School (Grades 11 – 12)

  • Out-of-school students (up to age 27)

  • 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 Award Solidarity 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