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Blair Rhodes
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Fall 201

I work for Integral Care as an Intake Counselor. I conduct bio-psycho-social assessments with clients seeking community mental health services.

Location: Austin, TX

“BDP helped shape my collaboration skills by exposing me to multiple perspectives outside of my own school of thought, which is vital to social work practice.”
Nida Virani
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am earning an MD at Texas A&M College of Medicine

Location: Temple, TX

“The courses I took for BDP allowed me to see the complexities of social and health inequities. I realized that simply wanting to make a change isn't enough; you have to understand the context of the issues you want to address.”
Katie Kindle
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Katie Kindle, a Biology major focused on the Public Health strand of the Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP certificate, conducted research on predicting and preventing the Zika virus, under the supervision of Dr. Sahotra Sarkar. She learned about the function of research in the creation of preventative measures for maintaining and improving public health.

“I experienced what a day in the life of a disease epidemiologist might be like, and that was very rewarding and eye opening. This Connecting Experience enhanced my understanding of how huge the field of public health is.”
kirk, madison
Major: Social Work
BDP Certificate: Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP student and Social Work major Madison Kirk worked as an intern for Lifeworks, where she learned strategies for mediating interpersonal conflict and practiced advocating for clients in order to promote self-sufficiency.

“Learning how to meet people where they are in the change process has been invaluable to me. Seeing people take steps to improve their relationships and foster healthy and open habits has been incredible.”
dillawn, patricia
Major: Human Development & Family Sciences Honors
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Patricia Dillawn, a Human Development and Family Sciences major completing a BDP certificate in Social Inequality, Health & Policy , served as a Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellow, working in rural eye clinics around Accra, Ghana. She learned about how collaborations between health non-profits and the healthcare systems of third world countries can provide socially responsible, high quality, cost-effective care.

“My internship gave me the unique opportunity to experience healthcare in a developing country and work with the healthcare professionals who administer it. I was able to witness first-hand how NGOs like Unite for Sight can partner with local health clinics to promote sustainable growth and penetrate barriers to healthcare.”
frausto, fatima
Major: Sociology & Neuroscience
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Fatima Frausto, a Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP student majoring in Sociology & Neuroscience, interned with It’s Time, Texas, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing free programs tools and services to increase the number of Texans trying to live healthily. There she learned about health promotion at the community and organizational levels.

“There's a tremendous amount of work these organizations put into getting people in the community involved […] It's some of the most important work, and you're making sure the voices of your population of interest are being heard.”
Umair Khakoo
Major: Chemistry
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

I work for Iconixx as an Activation Consultant. I work on teams to get software from clients to then build the necessary framework and test it so that they can become “activated.”

Location: Austin, TX

“I believe that life after college is always interdisciplinary and work is not segregated into different subjects. Therefore, a diverse education has prepared me to thrive, adapt and grow in the real world.”
Jacqueline Hernandez
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

For her Creative Project, Jacqueline Hernández, an RTF major completing the Digital Arts & Media BDP, developed a series of artworks depicting the signs of the zodiac using the Adobe Creative Suite which allowed her to hone her style as an artist.

“Using all the new skills and concepts that I learned throughout my BDP experience really helped me evolve into a more mature artist.”
Madison Benvegnu
Major: Marketing
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Marketing major and Media, Culture & Identities student Madison Benvegnu analyzed representations of villains in animated Disney films, which led her to an exploration of the presentations of overarching themes of right and wrong and the need for villains in a story.

“It was rewarding to take complete ownership of a project from start to finish and see how it evolved over time through trial and error.”
Stephanie Cree
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Summer 2017

Stephanie Cree developed animated book covers for her Digital Arts & Media Creative Project, The World Inside . In redesigning the covers of some of her favorite books, Stephanie integrated her skills in animation and website construction with her passion for literature.

“My Connecting Experience has inspired me to branch out more. I think that digital art and media open the doors to many opportunities in other areas of study.”

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