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Selina Bonilla

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Graduation Year:
Spring 2015
BDP Certificate:
Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
“My BDP certificate gave me the foundation to explore career opportunities outside my chosen degree.”

I work for The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) Texas as a development associate. I carry out the implementation of fund development activities for RAICES. I am also pursuing a Master of Public Administration at UT San Antonio.

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

After my graduation from UT, I not only left with a journalism degree, but with an uncertainty about pursuing a career in journalism. In the end, I knew I felt passionate about public service and decided to enroll myself in graduate school so I could learn more about the field I was drawn to. Along the way, I volunteered, interned, and worked in educational and non-profit settings.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

The classes I took for my BDP certificate exposed me to invaluable content outside the College of Communication. I learned more about social movements, Chicano educational struggles, and the sociology of gender. It was the BDP certificate that showed me I enjoyed non-profit work and pushed me to explore graduate programs.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

When I talk to people about my career path, I always reference my BDP certificate. I value that it gave me the foundation to explore career opportunities outside my chosen degree.

In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?

For my Connecting Experience, I interned with a non-profit organization. Through this, I was able to get hands-on experience in the administrate efforts in a non-profit, which is currently my area of work.