Speakers and Special Guests


La’Tonya Rease Miles

Director of First Year Experience & Strategic Initiatives

La’Tonya (LT) is the director of First Year Experience & Strategic Initiatives at UCLA, where she works collaboratively with the residential life and student affairs departments as well as academic departments campus-wide to develop initiatives and increase awareness of the first-year experience. Dr. Miles has established two successful programs specifically for first-generation college students - one at UCLA and the other at Loyola Marymount University - both of which are recognized for best practices. She consults with institutions across the U.S. about first-gen students and has advised local high schools about developing on-site programs. A former first-gen student, La’Tonya served as Director of the UCLA McNair Scholars Program and was herself a McNair Scholar while attending Howard University.

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