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Rease Miles


About: About

La'Tonya "LT" Rease Miles, Ph.D. is a Director of University Partnerships at ReUp Education.  

A first-generation college graduate and former "stop out" student, LT has established two successful programs for first-generation college students — one at UCLA and the other at Loyola Marymount University—both recognized as First-gen Forward institutions. She regularly consults with institutions nationally concerning first-gen students and also has advised local high schools about developing programs on their campus. Finally, she established and manages a national Facebook group, "Empowering First Generation Students" and is the Chief Strategist for the "First Gen & Juice" brand.

Prior to this position, LT was on the Leadership team at 
Career Launch and was Dean of Student Affairs at Menlo College, where she also spearheaded campus-wide initiatives that address student food insecurity and established resources for students who identify as "non-traditional," including commuters, parents/caregivers, and returning adults.

She earned a Ph.D. in American literature from UCLA; and her research interests include the hidden curriculum in higher education, narratives about the first-generation college experience, and the representation of first-generation students in popular culture. Her most recent publication explores the positive relationships between campus service workers and first-generation students.

Further, LT is passionate about NBA basketball, college football, “Friday Night Lights," and "The Flash."


Learn about her areas of expertise and begin working together! 

LT is available for speaking engagements and consultations.

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