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Meet BDP Alumni

Bridging Disciplines Programs alumni have built extraordinary professional and academic careers since earning their certificates. Click a BDP alum’s name to learn about his or her BDP experience and career path. If you are an alum, we’d love to hear what you’re doing! Share your story or make updates.

Natasha Raisch
Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits

I am an English teacher and grant specialist for AASRAA Trust, and organization that supports and educates children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Location: Dehradun, India

“During my time at UT, I valued the flexibility of my BDP experience, and today, I continue to admire that facet of the program, because I’ve reaped the benefits of having a certificate truly molded to my interests and aspirations.”

Ben Weiss
Human Rights & Social Justice
Humanities, History, Government

I am a doctoral student in the Department of History at UT. My work focuses on African history.

Location: Austin, TX

“…I am integrating methods from public health, history, political science, social work, African studies, and numerous other disciplines. The BDPs helped me to fluidly integrate these perspectives.”

Holly Heinrich
Ethics & Leadership

In Fall 2014, I will begin a master’s degree program in public policy at the University of Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, England

“My BDP experience has made me very conscious of potential ethical issues that exist in the work I do.”

Kristen Carson
Ethics & Leadership
Marketing, Mechanical Engineering

I am the founder and CEO of, a website that helps students plan for college.

Location: Austin, TX

“Through a Connecting Experience scholarship, the BDP office helped sponsor my research in England, which led to an experience that is probably the single most influential time in my life.”

Kevin Martin
Global Studies
Government, History, Humanities Honors

I am an English teaching assistant working in Malaysia through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Location: Besut, Malaysia

“I had a few majors, but my BDP was the glue that bound my coursework and my fieldwork together.”

Sakina Karimjee
Ethics & Leadership
Exercise Science

I am in medical school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Location: Champaign, IL

“My BDP experience helped me be a well-rounded premedical student.”

Danielle Folsom
Ethics & Leadership
Communication Studies, Government

I am an assistant city attorney for the City of Houston. Location: Houston, TX

“Completing both a research and internship Connecting Experience helped me to choose between an academic postgraduate career path and a professional degree.”