John Vasquez is a third year Ph.D. student in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education Program in MSU's College of Education. Prior to returning to school to pursue graduate studies, John worked for the University of Michigan for over 20 years in both academic and student affairs. During his time at UM, John worked in the Rackham Graduate School where he lead several programs targeted at retaining and helping to decrease the time-to-degree of under-represented Ph.D. students on campus. These programs included AGEP and Bridges to the Doctorate (NSF-funded), the Rackham Summer Institute and Rackham Merit Fellows Program. In addition to programming, John also helped launch several new master degree programs in both STEM related fields and Medical Education. As a staff member John worked on a number of issues (from and administrative standpoint) helping to get in-state tuition for undocumented students at the UM. As a graduate student John continues much of this advocacy work at Michigan State University helping to develop a high school outreach program for Latinx families that purposefully includes undocumented and DACA students and families.