Career Launch

La'Tonya Rease Miles
Partner & 
Director of Scale and Support

La'Tonya "LT" Rease Miles, Ph.D. is a Partner and Director of Scale and Support. 

Prior to Career Launch, LT was Dean of Student Affairs at Menlo College and Director of First-Year Experience at UCLA. She has overseen portfolios that includes: First-Year Experience, Student Activities (including student government, TRIO programs, leadership and clubs, and major campus events such as student orientation), non-traditional student programs, Mental Health Service, and more. 

A first-generation college graduate and longtime higher ed leader, LT has established multiple successful programs for first-generation college students—including one at UCLA and the other at Loyola Marymount University—both recognized as First-gen Forward institutions by NASPA's Center for First-Generation Student Success. 
Dr. Miles 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, "The Flash" and “Friday Night Lights."

As part of her ongoing professional service, she has served on key workgroups, task forces, committees, and initiatives geared toward diversity, wellness, equity, access, and both academic and social support for students, especially low-income, non-traditional, and/or students of color; she continues to serve on campus, regional, and national advisory boards that impact strategies and practice on broad and comprehensive levels for first-gen and first-year college students, at both four-year universities and two-year community colleges. 

Dr. Miles currently serves as an adjunct faculty in the department of Educational Leadership at Santa Clara University. As an instructor, LT has created several curricular innovations relevant to the first-year university experience. As a consultant, she advises higher education institutions around the nation as well as local high schools about first-gen students, assisting them in developing student-centered resources and programs. 

As a speaker, Dr. Miles has presented at numerous local, statewide, and national conferences and symposiums in higher education and student affairs and is an in-demand guest for podcasts, social media live talks, and media interviews in and about the field.

As an author, LT has written numerous articles and scholarship resources, including co-editing Campus Service Workers Supporting First-Generation Students: Informal Mentorship and Culturally Relevant Support as Key to Student Success and Retention, published by Routledge Press. 

Dr. Miles also started and manages a dynamic national Facebook group, "Empowering First Generation Students,” comprised of an ever-growing 7,000+ students, faculty, and student affairs professionals. 
LT is also the founder of the Black First Gen Collective, a NASPA initiative that supports, studies, and disseminates intentional research, praxis, and policy focused on the unique experiences of Black first-generation undergraduate and graduate or professional school students.

Dr. Miles consistently documents her explorations and experiences through numerous digital platforms – from Instagram, Twitter, and blogging -- always looking for the next narrative to share.

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Sean O'Keefe is the Founder and Chief Impact Officer of Launch Your Career. He is an Award-winning Professor and Career Coach.

What began as a personal strategy to land a job with the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland A’s, evolved over the years during his time as a Jesuit university professor into the official Career Launch Method. This method teaches students the power of cold networking for career success.

Many students have expressed immense gratitude for the career readiness accountability and empowerment that led to life-enhancing internships and jobs. Since 2018, we’ve paid it forward by providing coaching to thousands of students, of all ages, backgrounds, and programs of study. Our students have landed with companies and organizations across the globe in countless industries.