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Advising for Current Students

Your BDP advisor is here to help! Whether you’re looking for a great class to take next semester, thinking about the kind of Connecting Experience you want to pursue, or figuring out which BDP requirements you have left to fulfill, your BDP advisor is an important resource throughout your time in the program.

During your first semester in the BDPs you will be required to meet with your advisor at least once to create a plan for your BDP experience. Beyond that, we encourage you to meet with your advisor regularly for guidance in selecting courses and preparing for Connecting Experiences. Your advisor can alert you to courses you may not be aware of, check your progress in your BDP, and help you figure out how to integrate your BDP requirements with your degree plan.

It is important that you meet with your BDP advisor the semester before you intend to register for a research, creative project, or internship Connecting Experience course. These experiences take careful planning, so it is best to start early and discuss your plans with your advisor to make sure you’re on the right track.

Call 512-232-7564 to schedule an appointment with your BDP advisor. Or, for quick questions, drop in during walk-in hours on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-4 p.m. The BDP office is located in FAC 338.

View the BDP advising syllabus.

Meet the Advisors

Julia Chinnock Julia Chinnock, M.A.
Advisor for Digital Arts & Media, Environment & Sustainability, and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profits.

Julia Chinnock joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in December 2015 as the advisor for the Environment & Sustainability, Digital Arts & Media, and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits Bridging Disciplines Programs. Prior to joining the BDPs, Julia worked as an advisor in the Vick Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling in the School of Undergraduate Studies at UT Austin. She has also worked in Career Services at UT Arlington and WyoTech, taught courses for the Department of Theatre & Dance at Texas State, and served cupcakes at a local Austin bakery. Julia graduated with a B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan University, double-majoring in Theatre and Spanish, and received an M.A. in Theatre History and Dramaturgy from Texas State University.


Christine Anderson Christine Anderson, M.A.
Advisor for Human Rights & Social Justice, Global Studies, Media, Culture & Identities, Museum Studies, Public Policy, and Social Inequality, Health & Policy.

Christine Anderson has been working with the Bridging Disciplines Programs since March 2008. She is the advisor for the Global Studies; Human Rights & Social Justice; Media, Culture & Identities; Public Policy; and Social Inequality, Health & Policy programs. Christine also serves as the coordinator for the Archer Program at UT Austin. She received her B.A. in history and M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Along with her academic achievements, Christine brings her experience in nonprofit program coordination and event planning.


Lauren Contreras Lauren Contreras, M.Ed.
Advisor for Children & Society, Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies, Ethics & Leadership in Business, in Health Care, in Law, Politics & Government, and the Media, and Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship.

Lauren Contreras serves as the advisor for the Children & Society; Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies; Ethics & Leadership; and Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship programs. Before joining the BDPs 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.