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Student Profiles

Click on a student’s name or picture to learn more about their experiences with the Bridging Disciplines Program in the School of Undergraduate Studies. To view student success stories from other UGS programs, visit the student success page.

Jordan Metoyer
Economics & Urban Studies
Government, African & African Diaspora Studies, & Communication Studies

Jordan Metoyer is a senior economics and urban studies double major. She is pursuing two BDP certificates, one in Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits and the other in ...

“Each day presented a new opportunity to connect my projects to my experience in community activism, academic foundation in urban theory, professional curiosity in non-profit public interest advocacy, and personal interest in sustainable community development.”

Shayna Goldblatt
Plan II

Ethics & Leadership BDP student Shayna Goldblatt studied how sports can be used as a vehicle for grassroots peace-building and reconciliation. Using the Barkai Center for Education, Coexistence and Soccer in Israel as a case study...

“My project took a non-traditional focus in the sense that it is more common to use diplomacy and funding to try to solve a problem, and not a game… Sometimes the most effective leadership decisions involve innovation and unprecedented creativity.”

Clarissa Riojas
English, Mexican American Studies

Clarissa Riojas is a Children & Society BDP student who spent the fall 2013 semester interning with the Texas Center for Education Policy. She helped organize a conference to address the need for more Latino children’s literature...

“It was inspiring to see how collaboration between a group of powerful and passionate individuals helped to create change in the community.”

Nina Ho
Advertising, French

Budding social entrepreneur Nina Ho, a rising junior in the Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP, spent a summer interning with the Austin-based non-profit 3 Day Startup.

“The best part of my Connecting Experience was the ability to do challenging work, be surrounded by talented people who care about impact, and work in a fun environment.”

Dillon Gu
Computer Science

Dillon Gu, a Digital Arts & Media BDP student produced an animated short entitled “A Knight to Bear Arms” for his creative project requirement.

“I must say that working with a mentor as incredible as Ben Bays has been like nothing else I’ve done. Hearing his opinions, ideas, and criticisms helped me learn a lot, not just about this project, but also about digital art as a whole.”

Nathan Waters
Radio-Television-Film, Computer Science

For his Digital Arts & Media creative project, Nathan spent the summer developing a mobile video game called “The Runners.” Set in an urban landscape, Nathan leads the player through a zombie chase.

“Since diving into the art form of video games, I have had a drive to learn everything I can about the medium. This has taken me from reading about everything from the psychology of horror to the nuance of typography.” 


Albert Palacios
Architecture and Anthropology

Albert completed the Cultural Studies BDP and conducted research on Southwest Native American culture and architecture during the Spanish rule.