Learn about featured speakers scheduled for the upcoming National Conference on Students
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.
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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
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 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.
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