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Meet BDP Alumni

Bridging Disciplines Programs alumni have built extraordinary professional and academic careers since earning their certificates. Click a BDP alum’s name to learn about his or her BDP experience and career path. If you’re an alum, we’d love to hear what you’re doing! Share your story or make updates.

Cody Cheek headshot
Major: Humanities, Liberal Arts Honors
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2007

‘m currently serving on Active Duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps as a Judge Advocate General.

Location: Arlington, VA

“To date, I have not met anyone else who received such a vibrant education, and I truly believe the cumulative effects of multi-tiered and functional interdisciplinary studies cannot be overstated.”
Daniel Hung
Major: Plan II, Government, History, Asian Studies
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I am pursuing a law degree at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Location: Austin, TX

“The Ethics & Leadership BDP taught me how to become an ethical leader, lessons that I will utilize for the rest of my life.”
Danielle Folsom
Major: Communication Studies, Government
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Fall 2007

I am an assistant city attorney for the City of Houston. Location: Houston, TX

"Completing both a research and internship Connecting Experience helped me to choose between an academic postgraduate career path and a professional degree."
Darbi Donaldson
Major: Sociology, Communications
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2012

I work for One Little Indian Records as head of digital.

“The BDP courses allowed me to dive deeper and take a more hands on approach to the digital side of my studies.”
David Drell
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2006

I am a lead character technical director at DreamWorks Animation.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

"One thing that the BDP offered that I wanted to round out my undergraduate experience was the Connecting Experience."
David Loewenberg
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I work as an education policy intern at New America, a nonpartisan policy think tank.

Location: Washington, DC

“Instilling in me greater intellectual curiosity and pushing me to be a truly critical thinker is what I value most about my BDP experience.”
Elena Lewis
Major: Ethnic Studies (Mexican American)
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2006

I am the director of new students at an Arthur Murray Dance Center.

Location: Ashburn, VA

“Working one-on-one with professors in their respective fields was eye-opening. It not only pushed me to expand my educational horizons, but it ultimately gave me the chance to say that I am officially published.”
Elisabeth Netherton
Major: Human Biology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2009

I completed an MD at UT Houston and am currently in Psychiatry Residency at Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Houston, TX

“In medicine, everything is interdisciplinary . . . An interdisciplinary education sets the foundation for this, and helps us learn to appreciate and hopefully integrate multiple perspectives in the care of our patients.”
Emily Cadik
Major: Plan II, Government
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2007

I am a senior policy analyst for Enterprise Community Partners.

Location: Washington, D.C.

"Participating in a BDP helped me select my elective courses from an otherwise overwhelming slate of options, and pursue something practical and focused."
Emily Callinan
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2012

I am pursuing a master of arts degree in counseling at St. Edward’s University.

Location: Austin, TX

"The BDPs influenced me to become an advocate for my clients and to expand my passion for non-profit work."

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