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Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits Student Profiles

Students in the Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits BDP form a community with shared interests in creating change and understanding the interactions among the non-profit, government, and private sectors. Social Entrepreneurship and Non-profits students have come from a wide range of majors at UT, including Accounting, Advertising, American Studies, Biochemistry, Business, Education, English, Geography, Latin American Studies, Nutrition, Photojournalism, Plan II, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Work, and many others.

Name: Gloria Chen
BDP: Social Entrepreneurship and Non-profits
Major: Social Work

What attracted you to the BDPs?
I was attracted to the BDP because of its flexibility in creating personalized studies and because it offered a specialization in a topic I was interested in: social entrepreneurship and non-profits. I was also attracted by the opportunity to do research and internship connecting experiences.

What has been the biggest benefit of the BDP for you?
The biggest benefits of the BDP for me have been being able to take classes that I would not otherwise have taken, being able to have fantastic connecting experiences with the support of the university, and being able to gain a specialization in an area of study that is not currently offered by the university.

How have the BDPs helped shape your plans for the future?
The BDPs have definitely given me the resources and support in shaping my future plans. By providing opportunities that I would have never imagined and encouraging me to pursue my ambitions in non-profits and international development, the Bridging Disciplines Programs have been a large influence in my plans to work as Social Worker internationally.

What would you want other students to know about the BDPs?
The BDPs are as advertised: they bridge various disciplines in order for students to gain a whole experience in a specific specialization. Taking classes from advertising, rhetoric, history, and social work, all of the classes have the same topic in common. Future students should also know to take the initiative in their connecting experiences as they are only as exciting and enriching as one puts into them.

See also past profiles of Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits students.

To read about Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits students who have participated in Connecting Experiences, see the Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits Connecting Experiences page.