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Fall 2020 Update

BDP advisors are offering advising appointments for current BDP students on a remote basis only. All current BDP students have been added to a BDP Advising Canvas page, and current students may schedule Zoom or phone advising appointments through that Canvas page. If you are a current BDP student and you have questions about how to schedule a remote appointment, please email your BDP advisor directly.

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.

Meet the Advisors

Rebecca Buckalew Rebecca Buckalew, M.Ed.
Design Strategies, Patients, Practitioners & Cultures of Care, and Social Inequality, Health & Policy

Rebecca Buckalew joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in Nov. 2019. She previously worked as an academic advisor in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University after receiving her B.A. from the same department. Rebecca also holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy from The University of Texas at Austin. As a student, Rebecca worked as a graduate assistant in UT Austin’s Office of Student Activities and the First-Year Experience Office.


Katie Davidson Katie Davidson, M.A.
Digital Arts & Media, Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits

Katie Davidson joined the Bridging Disciplines Program in Feb. 2019. Prior to joining the BDPs, Katie worked as an evaluation and assessment coordinator, career educator, and global experiential learning coordinator at the University of Arizona. Katie received her B.A. in English from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and her M.A. in higher education in the College of Educational Policy & Practice from the University of Arizona.


Janelle Lim Janelle Lim, B.S.
Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies, Environment & Sustainability, Ethics & Leadership in Business, Ethics & Leadership in Health Care, Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government, Ethics & Leadership in Technology & the Media, and Public Policy.

Janelle Lim joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in Feb. 2019. Prior to joining the BDPs, Janelle was the program coordinator and teacher of a college-readiness program serving high school students in Austin, Texas. She earned her B.S. in secondary English education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.


Larissa Noake Larissa Noake, Ed.M.
Media, Culture & Identities

Larissa Noake joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in Aug. 2015. Larissa oversees advising services, events, and outreach activities for current and prospective students. Prior to joining the BDPs, Larissa spent eleven years at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in Cambridge, MA. While there, she managed the administration of professional programs for PreK-12 school leaders; served as the relationship manager for a collaboration between HGSE, Teach For America, and Chicago Public Schools; and worked in the Career Services Office advising students on educator licensure requirements. She received her Ed.M. in education policy and management from HGSE, and her B.A. in English and B.S. in radio-television-film from The University of Texas at Austin.


Shannon Rose Shannon Rose, M.P.A.
Children & Society, Human Rights & Social Justice, and Smart Cities

Shannon Rose joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in Aug. 2018. Before joining the BDPs, Shannon was the Flag Petitions Coordinator in UT’s Center for Skills & Experience Flags, working with students and advisors to facilitate the Flag petition review process. She has also worked as a graduate program coordinator at McGill University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal and her master’s degree in public administration from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.