Keynote Address

La'Tonya Rease Miles, Director of First Year Experience, UCLA
First-generation college students possess an important set of skills, which if tapped, may be a foundation on which to build a successful pathway through college completion. This session will highlight those important characteristics and also will address how the California State University system is poised to be a national leader with respect to the discourse surrounding this population. 
Image of keynote speaker La'Tonya Rease MilesLa’Tonya Rease Miles is the Director of First Year Experience at UCLA, where she works collaboratively with Residential Life, Student Affairs departments more generally and academic departments campus-wide to develop initiatives and to increase awareness of the first-year experience on campus. Prior to this position, La’Tonya was the Director of the Academic Resource Center at Loyola Marymount University. There, she established the First To Go program and spearheaded campus-wide initiatives that address student food insecurity. Her research interests include the hidden curriculum in higher education, narratives about the first-generation college experience, and the relationship of physical space and college student engagement.