Kristen Surla is an artist-scholar committed to creating transformative leadership and curriculum in higher education. Currently, she is a PhD student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Program. She is a first-generation college student, identifies as Filipino American, and queer woman of color. Her research interests include critical approaches to graduate socialization and academic capitalism in higher education. As a complement to her academic work, Kristen created an arts-based research website and archive called “Spirit Work” to examine doctoral socialization, identity, and immigrant histories for Filipina American women in academia.