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Shelby Carvalho

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Major:
Government & Humanities
Graduation Year:
Spring 2011
BDP Certificate:
Ethics & Leadership
My BDP experience allowed me to take advantage of opportunities across campus and provided me with resources and support to not only pursue meaningful research and internship experiences, but also to reflect and build on those experiences with the support of UT's faculty.

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

I taught in a drop-out recovery high school in Dallas, spent a year on a Fulbright grant in Bulgaria, and returned to UT to complete a Master’s in Global Policy at the LBJ school. Since then, I’ve been splitting my time between Sub-Saharan Africa and Washington, DC working for the World Bank and the Education Commission as a research consultant on issues related to education and skill development in developing countries. I’ll be starting my PhD in education and economics at Harvard this Fall.

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

My BDP experience allowed me to take advantage of opportunities across campus and provided me with resources and support to not only pursue meaningful research and internship experiences, but also to reflect and build on those experiences with the support of UT’s faculty. Through BDP I pursued research in Ghana and Costa Rica, completed internships in education policy, and got to work with the professor who eventually became my graduate school advisor at the LBJ school.

What do you value most about your BDP experience?

I loved that the BDP team was so encouraging of all of my big ideas. They helped me focus the ideas, challenged me to consider them from different angles, helped me find resources to make the ideas come to life, and then later would encourage me to reflect on my work and tie everything together into a truly meaningful academic and professional experience.

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

I was able to draw from diverse and interdisciplinary courses and experiences to learn about complex issues in education and international development that I am still grappling with in my work today. Being able to approach my work from different perspectives and draw on expertise across fields has been invaluable and it’s not something that everyone can do easily. I’m grateful that BDP helped me develop the skills to do this.