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Keynote Address

Tricia Seifert

Tricia Seifert is a faculty member in the Adult & Higher Education program at Montana State University and maintains an appointment in the Leadership, Higher & Adult Education department at the University of Toronto. Her research examines organizational cultures and conditions as well as student experiences associated with postsecondary learning and success. She is interested in comparative approaches to student affairs practice and recently coauthored How College Affects Students (vol. 3), which included a review of research conducted outside the United States. She serves as Associate Editor for International Research & Scholarship for the Journal of College Student Development.

Plenary Panel

Moderated by Cathy Buyarski, Executive Associate Dean, University College - Indianapolis University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Amy Baldwin

Amy Baldwin is Director of the Department of Student Transitions at the University of Central Arkansas, where she teaches literacy, writing, and student success courses. At UCA, she cofounded the First-Gen Student Awareness Week and oversees the First2Go parent newsletter. She previously chaired the College Studies department at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, where she first started her work with first-generation students. Her book The First-Generation College Experience was the first textbook designed for first-generation students in a student success course. 

La'Tonya Rease Miles

La'Tonya Rease Miles is the Director of First Year Experience at UCLA, where she works collaboratively with residential life, with student affairs departments more generally, and with academic departments campuswide to develop initiatives and increase awareness of the first-year experience on campus. Prior to this position, La'Tonya was Director of the Academic Resource Center at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. There, she established the First to Go program and also spearheaded campus-wide initiatives to address student food insecurity. She earned a PhD 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 relationship of physical space and college student engagement.

Dorothy Ward

Dorothy Ward is director of the Entering Student Program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The Entering Student Program administers UTEP's first-year seminar, learning communities, peer educators, and summer bridge program. Additionally, she oversees the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and a Title V program for first-year students. Under her direction, the Entering Student Program has received state and national recognition, including the Educational Policy Institute's Outstanding Student Retention Program Award.