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Children and Society Advising

One of the biggest benefits of being in the Children and Society BDP is that you have access to individualized advising services. Lauren Contreras, the advisor for Children and Society, specializes in helping you

  • Find courses from different disciplines that match your interests.
  • Integrate your BDP work with your degree plan.
  • Find unique research and internship opportunities connected to your interests and career goals.

Coursework Advising

Students in the Children and Society BDP should plan to come in for coursework advising with Lauren once each long semester during registration.

Connecting Experience Advising

Children and Society students must complete at least two Connecting Experiences as part of the BDP. Lauren can help you through the entire process, from brainstorming research and internship possibilities to helping you get course credit for the experience. Remember that it can take time to find the right connecting experience for you, so contact Lauren the semester before you want to be in a Connecting Experience.

Joanna Tryon Joanna Tryon, M.Ed.
Associate Academic Advisor

Joanna Tryon serves as the advisor for the Children & Society; Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship; and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits Bridging Disciplines Programs. Before joining the BDPs in November 2016, Joanna worked as a mental health counselor and housing advocate at SafePlace in Austin, TX. She has also completed a fellowship with Polaris in Washington, D.C., where she provided counseling and case management services to survivors of human trafficking. Joanna received her B.S. in applied learning and development: youth and community studies from The University of Texas at Austin, and her M.Ed. in counseling and development from George Mason University.