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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.

Richard A. Howell
Ethics & Leadership
Government

I am a litigation attorney at Jackson Walker, LLP.

Location: Houston, TX

“The Ethics & Leadership BDP courses stand out as the very best at UT.”

Angelica Tello
Children & Society
Psychology

I am pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Location: San Antonio, TX

“As a doctoral student, I lean on the skills that I gained as a BDP student.”

Lauren Ayers
Environment
History

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.”

Emily Cadik
Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Plan II, Government

I am a senior policy analyst for Enterprise Community Partners.

Location: Washington, D.C.

“Participating in a BDP helped me select my elective courses from an otherwise overwhelming slate of options, and pursue something practical and focused.”

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.”

Peyton Styles
Children & Society
Communication Sciences and Disorders

I am pursuing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology at UT.

Location: Austin, TX

“The most valuable aspect of my BDP experience was how it broadened my understanding of speech-language pathology.”

Brian Hertz
Environment
Civil Engineering

I am a sustainability analyst for Waste Management Sustainability Services.

Location: Houston, TX

“The interdisciplinary nature of the BDPs helped me understand how to attack modern environmental issues from various angles and viewpoints to determine the best solution.”