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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.”

Emily Callinan
Human Rights & Social Justice

I am pursuing a master of arts degree in counseling at St. Edward’s University.

Location: Austin, TX

“The BDPs influenced me to become an advocate for my clients and to expand my passion for non-profit work.”

Madalyn McDaniel
Human Rights & Social Justice
International Relations and Global Studies

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.”

Alexa Sendukas
Global Studies
Government, Plan II

I am enrolled in a dual degree program at Georgetown University, pursuing a master of science degree in international relations and security, and a juris doctor degree in international law.

Location: Washington, D.C.

“I value the Connecting Experiences that I completed through Global Studies BDP, which allowed me to gain hands-on experience in my areas of interest.”

David Drell
Digital Arts & Media

I am a lead character technical director at DreamWorks Animation.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

“One thing that the BDP offered that I wanted to round out my undergraduate experience was the Connecting Experience.”

Brendan Chan
Ethics & Leadership

I am a consumer operations support specialist at Google Inc.

Location: Mountain View, CA

“Interdisciplinary education experiences at UT helped me set the foundation for navigating my way through cross-functional organizations in the workplace.”

Lauren Ayers

I am a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing an advanced degree in history.

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

“And as an environmental historian, I incorporate theories and methodologies from surrounding disciplines.”