Lisa Gradone Miles

Associate Director


Lisa supports first-generation college students and directs the University’s Cultural Advisor program which places trained student leaders in the residence halls to promote inclusive communities for students. She facilitates Common Ground’s social justice leadership retreat series, enVision, is an academic advisor to undeclared students, coordinates the MLK Day “Day of Service” and chairs the office’s Inclusive Community Fund committee. Lisa also works to organize professional women in higher education, and has presented on first-generation issues and on microaggressions in popular workshops and at professional conferences.


"Student Organizations as Inclusive Community Builders," ACPA National Conference, Louisville, Ky.

"Understanding Microaggressions in Everyday Life," Virginia Network for Women in Higher Education annual state conference.


Graduate, Grace E. Harris Higher Ground Leadership Program


National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

Virginia Network for Women in Higher Education

Institutional Service

  • Member, University Staff Advisory Council (2009–11)
  • WILL* Advisory Board
  • International Education Committee
  • Welcome Week Committee
  • Pathways First-Generation Steering Committee
  • In Common program committee


M.Ed., University of Vermont 1986

B.A., Tufts University 1983

Contact Information

325 Tyler Haynes Commons

Areas of Expertise

First-Generation Programming
Cultural Advisors
Social Justice Leadership