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Human Rights & Social Justice Alumni Profiles

Human Rights & Social Justice is a relatively new program. Alumni may go on to pursue a variety of career paths in advocacy, government service, law, education, international NGOs, or other areas that deal with human and civil rights issues. Students may also choose to further their education through graduate and professional school programs, including programs in Law, Public Affairs, International Relations, Area or Language Studies, or other areas. If you are a Human Rights & Social Justice alum, we would love to hear what you’re doing and share your news with other alumni. Please contact us at bdp@austin.utexas.edu any time!

Emily Callinan
Psychology, Graduated Spring 2012
Emily joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs to explore social justice issues related to individuals with disabilities. Her internships with the City of Austin American with Disabilities Act Office and Disability Rights Texas taught her the process of advocacy through law and policy. Emily is currently pursuing her master’s degree in counseling at St. Edward’s University. She hopes to one day open a practice specialized in counseling people with disabilities, and serve as a professional counselor for social justice on the state level.

Katie Martin
International Relations & Global Studies major, Graduated Spring 2012
Katie joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs to explore her interest in education policy as it relates to civil rights. In one of her BDP courses, taught by Dr. Dorie Gilbert (Social Work), Katie developed a mentorship program for middle school boys from underrepresented backgrounds. She later spent a semester conducting research with Dr. Gilbert exploring issues of inequality within the United States education system. Katie says that this experience prepared her for her current position as a City Year Corps Member, where she serves as a mentor and tutor for middle school students in San Antonio. In the future, Katie plans to pursue a degree in education policy and work toward education reform in the state of Texas.