Khadejah Ray

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Khadejah Ray is a fifth year doctoral student in the Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis department at UW-Madison and is advised by Professor Winkle-Wagner. She is originally from Altadena, California. Her research interest include: Black feminist and critical race theories, graduate student socialization, and the experiences of Black women and underrepresented students in higher education.


  • B.A. Sociology , University of California, Los Angeles.
  • M.S. Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors:

  • UW-Madison’s Education Graduate (Ed-GRS) Fellowship
  • Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) Fellowship

Conference Presentations:

Washington, L., Ray, K. (April 2021) “Naw…We got us” Why Black Graduate Writing Groups are essential in the era of COVID-19. Kentucky Association for Blacks in Higher Education. [virtual conference].

Winkle-Wagner, R., Ray, K., Washington, L., Gaskew, A. (November 2020) “Closer to my dreams” Exploring Black women’s graduate school aspirations. Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Roundtable presentation. New Orleans, LA [virtual conference].

Lee-Johnson, J., Gaskew, A., & Ray, K. (April 2019) All Eyez on Me: Undergraduate Black Women’s at HBCU’s Visual Reflections of their Leadership Experiences. Oral Presentation for American Educational Research Association Conference, Toronto, Canada.

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