Estela Bernice Diaz is a doctoral student and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University. Estela’s research interests center on issues of culture and inequality. Her current research examines families navigating the admissions process to private ongoing schools, beginning with entry at preschool or kindergarten. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Estela worked as an undergraduate admissions officer at Princeton University. She holds a M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Sociology (with honors in sociology) from Princeton University. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.