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BDP & Longhorn Scholars graduate to Teach for America

Ashley Lemell, a recent graduate of the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP) and a Longhorn Scholar, was selected from a record 35,000 individuals who applied for Teach For America this year. She will join nearly 4,100 new corps members teaching in 35 regions across the country. Starting this fall, Ashley will be teaching ninth grade biology at Peak Preparatory, a charter school located in East Dallas.

“I’m really proud of Ashley’s accomplishments and wish her the best of luck,” said her advisor, Marion Rocco. “She was truly an outstanding student to work with.”

Ashley graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in December, 2008 with her B.S.W. in Social Work and a BDP certificate in Children & Society. As a BDP student, she focused on Children & Public Policy by bringing together classes from disciplines such as Government and Psychology, pursuing research with the Center for Social Work Research, and interning at the Austin Area Urban League and the Salvation Army Women’s and Children Shelter.

“These connecting experiences, along with my BDP coursework over the course of my years at UT Austin, each contributed to my growth and maturity, the knowledge and skills I have received, and the pinpointing of my career goals,” Ashley reflected upon graduating.

Ashley’s future plans include pursuing graduate degrees in both Social Work and Public Policy so that she can work to eliminate child poverty and homelessness.

Find out more about the Children & Society BDP
Read about Ashley’s connecting experience in the BDP program
Find out more about the Longhorn Scholars Program
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