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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.

Albert Palacios
Cultural Studies
Anthropology, Architecture

I am a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a PhD in history.

Location: Austin, TX

“I can honestly say that my BDP experience was the cornerstone of my academic and professional trajectory post graduation.”

Steven Vanderworp
Digital Arts & Media
Radio-Television-Film

I am a media production manager for Campus Renewal Ministries.

Location: Austin, TX

“My BDP experience gave me the opportunity to get a well-rounded education in the different fields of digital media.”

Pegah Javidpour
Ethics & Leadership
Management Information Systems, Business Honors Program

I am the principal of a middle school for KIPP Houston Public Schools.

Location: Houston, TX

BDP prepared me for this role by showing me that jobs are not in silos, and that you need to incorporate multiple disciplines in order to be effective.”

Amanda Lundy
Global Studies
Asian Studies, Music (Voice Performance)

I am a global advocacy adviser at Plan International.

Location: London, England

“The program provided a degree of specificity and understanding of the ‘real world’ of international relations that was missing from many of my undergraduate courses.”

Katie Brehm
Ethics & Leadership
Marketing, Business Honors Program

I am a research associate at L2 Think Tank.

Location: New York, NY

“The BDP Connecting Experiences were invaluable to my development of quantitative and analytical skills.”

Natasha Raisch
Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Marketing

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.”

Laura Herring
Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Radio-Television-Film

After graduating from UT, I founded Red Herring Productions, for which I am also a writer and producer.

Location: Austin, TX

“Interdisciplinary education gets you thinking outside of the box, and gives you multiple tools in order to build your own success.”