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Sarah Nguyen headshot
Major: Pre-pharmacy
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2015 (completed BDP certificate)

I am earning a PharmD at the University of Texas at Austin. This is a coordinated program in the College of Pharmacy, so I will graduate in May 2019.

Location: Austin, TX

“My experience in Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits helped me realize that businesses run ethically and creatively can meet the needs of underserved populations while still providing a viable source of income.”
Prianka Legesse-Sinha headshot
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2014

I work for Causeway Galveston as a Brown Fellow Project Specialist who evaluates the Causeway Galveston pilot project.

Location: Galveston, Texas, United States

“Interdisciplinary education prepared me for my current job by teaching me to understand various perspectives for approaching problems and situations.”
Maheen Shakil headshot
Major: Honors in Advanced Human Development
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

Maheen Shakil, who is pursuing a BDP in Social Inequality, Health & Policy, spent the summer of 2017 in New York at the NYU Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies, where she assisted in HIV research. This experience opened her eyes to interacting with research participants—not just data—and reignited her passion for research work.

“The most rewarding aspect of this research experience was getting to interact with participants and build a connection with them. […] Overall, just knowing that I am a small piece of a much greater picture was a really good feeling.”
Jacob Hethcock
Major: Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Honors
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

During his internship with Urban Mining Company, Jacob Hethcock drew on his engineering knowledge to uncover removal and recycling methods for the environmentally focused startup. The Mechanical Engineering major, who is completing a BDP in :Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship”:bdp/programs/ice, also honed his professional communication skills and discovered a desire to incorporate altruism into his future career.

“Through my internship at Urban Mining Company, I had the opportunity to witness the interaction of different disciplines to fulfill customer needs in an entrepreneurial startup, growing my perspective and preparing me for future interactions with coworkers of different backgrounds.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”

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