Yadira Hernandez-Figueroa was born and raised in Merced, California. They have been deeply devoted to community building and educational equity. Their personal experiences have deeply shaped their devotion to creating revolutionary change within themselves and their community. Yadira's experience working with Central Valley students seeking to enter higher education planted the seeds for the development of the Themtorship Program and has greatly informed how they view academia and where they wish to be in the future. They are grounded in family, community love and care, and a passion for change.