PDSA 2020 Recipient, Joseph Trivette

Joseph Trivette

Joseph Trivette

Mentor, Ohio | Political Science Major

"Joseph is an ambassador for Miami," wrote one nominator, speaking about his embodiment of the Miami spirit in engagement with peers, alumni and public officials. Working in our Office of Institutional Relations as chief of staff, Joseph is often tasked with projects involving President and Doctor Crawford, Board of Trustees members, state lawmakers, and more. He oversaw the planning process for 70 participants to travel to Washington D.C. and the Ohio Statehouse through the Alternative Spring Break Advocacy and Leadership conferences. This included over 200 legislative office meetings, an hour meeting with the Governor, preparation of briefing materials, and hosting of briefings for student, faculty, and staff participants. Due to his success in planning those conferences, Joseph was asked to plan a new Statehouse Takeover Day for the President's Office, which was the largest legislative event in Miami's history. Joseph also worked with the President's Office to coordinate Convocation 2018 and coordinated Wil Haygood's signing of 5,500 copies of Tigerland. In total, Joseph has planned over 1,500 meetings and events during his time in the Office of Institutional Relations.

Elsewhere on campus, Joseph is involved with the First Miami University Student Federal Credit Union, currently serving as the chairman of the supervisory board for one of only three student-run federal credit unions in the U.S. He was the secretary-general for Miami's Model United Nations, co-founded Miami University Independents, and completed an internship for a U.S. Representative. Joseph is also a College of Arts and Science Dean's Scholar, researching contemporary nationalism and public policy in Europe.