One of the biggest benefits of being in the Children and Society BDP is that you have access to individualized advising services. Lauren Contreras, the advisor for Children and Society, specializes in helping you
Students in the Children and Society BDP should plan to come in for coursework advising with Lauren once each long semester during registration.
Children and Society students must complete at least two Connecting Experiences as part of the BDP. Lauren can help you through the entire process, from brainstorming research and internship possibilities to helping you get course credit for the experience. Remember that it can take time to find the right connecting experience for you, so contact Lauren the semester before you want to be in a Connecting Experience.
Lauren Contreras serves as the advisor for the Children & Society; Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies; Ethics & Leadership; and Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship programs. Before joining the BDP in July 2014, Lauren worked in the College of Liberal Arts Student Division and with the TIP program at UT. She also served as an AmeriCorps member and Program Manager for College Forward, a college access and completion non-profit based in Austin. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Southwestern University and her M.Ed. in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.