portrait of LaTonya Rease Miles

La’Tonya Rease Miles

Director of University Partnerships, ReUp Education and Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University

La’Tonya “LT” Rease Miles specializes in student development among diverse and underrepresented populations. Her established programs for first-generation college students—at UCLA and at Loyola Marymount University—were national Best Practices models, transforming both universities into First-Gen Forward institutions. A popular strategist and speaker, she also started and manages the dynamic Facebook and LinkedIn groups, “Empowering First-Generation Students.” A first-generation college graduate herself, Dr. Rease Miles earned a Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and always looks for the next community to build and the next narrative to share.