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Madalyn McDaniel

Madalyn McDaniel
Major: 
International Relations and Global Studies
BDP Certificate: 
Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation: 
Spring 2013

I work as an AmeriCorps VISTA/Field Organizer for the Corporation for National and Community Service/Texas Hunger Initiative.

Location: Houston, TX

“I value the opportunity I had to gain knowledge and expertise in human rights and social justice from both theoretical and working perspectives.”

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

Before graduating from UT I knew I wanted to go into national service, so I applied for an AmeriCorps VISTA position with the Texas Hunger Initiative. I was hired before I graduated, which was very exciting. My position as a field organizer primarily entails developing macro-level collaboration and solutions to ending hunger in America and the state of Texas. After my VISTA term, I plan to attend graduate school for international affairs with a focus on international security.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

The Human Rights and Social Justice BDP really defined my interest in international security and conflict resolution. I believe some of the worst human rights abuses occur during armed conflict. In the future, I want to prevent or mitigate the effects of armed conflict through negotiations, international policy, and post-conflict reconciliation.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

I value the opportunity I had to gain knowledge and expertise in human rights and social justice from both theoretical and working perspectives. The combination of learning in the classroom and learning in the community gave me a stronger understanding of how important human rights and social justice are to ensuring the security of all persons and to building a strong society.