Khadejah (Ka-dee-juh) Ray is a first-generation doctoral student from Altadena, California. She credits college bridge programs for her success in higher education. Khadejah is a proud alumna of the UCLA Vice-Provosts’s Initiative for Pre-College Scholars (VIPS) Program. She credits the UCLA VIPS program for developing her skills to critically analyze race, gender, and class inequalities in education. She is also a proud alumna of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (known as the McNair Scholars Program). Khadejah credits the McNair Scholars Program for cultivating her scholarly identity and preparing her for doctoral studies.