Demeturie Toso-Lafaele Gogue is the First Generation Student Programs Coordinator within Campus Diversity and Inclusion. Before arriving to the University of Redlands in June 2017, Demeturie spent most of his years in Carson, California where he was born and raised. He received a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology and Gender and Women’s Studies along with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. He continued on his education and earned a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont. As a scholar practitioner, Demeturie is passionate about serving students from low-income, first generation backgrounds and students of color.
In his role as the First Generation Student Programs Coordinator, Demeturie oversees the programming efforts that are focused on supporting first-generation students as they transition to and through the University of Redlands. This includes Summer Bridge, I’m Going to College (IGTC), Students Together Empowering Peers (STEP), and the Book Lending Program (BLP). In addition to coordinating these programs, Demeturie works with various campus partners to find better ways to support the evolving nature of our students and their diverse needs.