Latrese is a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Fellow, Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellow and a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago. She obtained her Masters in Sociology with concentration in Urban Sociology, Family, and Sociology of Food. Latrese’s recent research focused on Social Policy Shifts and The Relationship between Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Workers and Their Clients. She has also received her Baccalaureate of Arts in Health Education and Wellness with a concentration in Community Health from Northeastern Illinois University in 2011. Latrese currently holds two roles as Program Assistant and Adjunct Faculty at Triton College. In her role as Program Assistant she coordinates programing and advises students participating in Student Ambassadors, Student Leadership Institute, and Triumph (Minority Male Mentorship Program). As an Adjunct Faculty member she teaches Sociology in the Behavior Science Department. In past roles, Latrese was a Success Coach/Program Assistant for the CCICS Summer Transition Program and Health Educator for UIC Neighbor Initiatives. As an undergrad she participated in the University of Illinois at Chicago Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) where she modified a research tool for The Englewood Healthy Start Initiative for UIC Neighborhood Initiatives with Dr. Cynthia Barnes-Boyd. Her research project, The Cost of Inequality: Maternal Perceptions of Stress and Social Support among Low-Income African-American Women focused on examining the contributing factors of adverse birth outcomes. Latrese is interested in continuing to work in higher education in roles that advocate for social justice in urban areas and work with at-risk youth.