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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.

Jenna Creech
Radio-Television-Film

Jenna Creech spent her final semester at UT producing a documentary about the Austin Classical Guitar Society. As a Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student focusing on art and social change, Jenna applied the skills she...

“I’m so glad I got the chance to experience the creation of a documentary fully on my own as a part of my Bridging Disciplines Program.”

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.”

Ivonne Estrella
Psychology and Linguistics

Ivonne completed the Children & Society BDP and completed a connecting experience in Mexico.

Alexandra Gary
Nursing Honors

Nursing student Alexandra Gary spent a summer in Botswana interning in health clinics and learning about Botswana’s healthcare system as part of her BDP certificate in Social Inequality, Health & Policy with...

“My Connecting Experience abroad has driven my desire to work in another country one day. I believe international experience is worthwhile for anyone, regardless of their degree.”

Casey Locey
Social Work, Psychology

Children & Society BDP student Casey Locey interned with SafePlace, a non-profit organization that helps survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.

“This internship showed me ways to support children and taught me intervention perspectives based on developmental psychology and strengths-based social work models.”

Ana Laura Rivera
Government, Spanish

Human Rights & Social Justice student Ana Laura worked on three initiatives for the Texas After Violence Project during her internship. Because of her interest in studying children and human rights, she conducted archival research and transcribed...

“I discovered the importance of making children’s voices heard so they can have an opportunity to obtain an education.”

Kevin Martin
History, Government

Kevin interned with Global Youth Connect in Bosnia and Rwanda to meet requirements for his Global Studies certificate. In Bosnia, he worked within regions acutely affected by the Bosnian war to help local NGO’s and government agencies craft educational...

“My hands-on experience in post-conflict societies directly influenced the ways in which I wrote about the material, engaged current events, evaluated academic works, and spoke about them in both formal and informal contexts.”