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Meet BDP Alumni

Bridging Disciplines Programs alumni have built extraordinary professional and academic careers since earning their certificates. Click a BDP alum’s name to learn about his or her BDP experience and career path. If you’re an alum, we’d love to hear what you’re doing! Share your story or make updates.

Acacia Coronado
Major: Journalism
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: December 2019

Acacia Coronado is a corps member with the Report for America/Associated Press statehouse news initiative. Her areas of focus include Texas politics, the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas, the 2020 election, voting, crime, racial injustice, and minority communities.

"The classes that I took through BDP on human rights and social justice broadened my horizons and allowed me to know and understand a diverse array of communities and peoples and their struggles. This gave me a deeper sense of purpose, a desire to explore and listen, and a better idea of the difference I wanted to make through storytelling."
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I work in Experience Design for MU/DAI

Location: Austin, TX

“[My BDP] helped me to view problems at both a macro and micro scale. . . It also helped me become more comfortable with collaboration and the fact that many big ideas can't be realized individually.”
Addy Esco
Major: Social Work
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I am a community clinician and grant coordinator at Alaska Island Community Services.

Location: Wrangell, AK

"The Children & Society BDP helped me make the most out of my time at UT through opportunities that I otherwise would not have had."
Albert Palacios
Major: Anthropology, Architecture
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Spring 2009

I am a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a PhD in history.

Location: Austin, TX

“I can honestly say that my BDP experience was the cornerstone of my academic and professional trajectory post graduation.”
Alexa Sendukas
Major: Government, Plan II
Graduation Year: Fall 2009

I am enrolled in a dual degree program at Georgetown University, pursuing a master of science degree in international relations and security, and a juris doctor degree in international law.

Location: Washington, D.C.

"I value the Connecting Experiences that I completed through Global Studies BDP, which allowed me to gain hands-on experience in my areas of interest."
Alicia Muir
Major: International Business
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Fall 2005

I work for Nike, Inc. as the Director of Supply Chain Performance Management. I provide guidance and direction on operational target setting processes, supporting data analysis, and scenario planning around key parameters which influence service, inventory, or supply chain cost.

Location: Portland, Oregon

“BDP allowed me to explore opportunities where I was able to understand how I could combine my interests to create a realistic career path.”
Amanda Lundy
Major: Asian Studies, Music (Voice Performance)
Graduation Year: Spring 2009

I am a global advocacy adviser at Plan International.

Location: London, England

"The program provided a degree of specificity and understanding of the 'real world' of international relations that was missing from many of my undergraduate courses."
Amanda Tufano
Major: Radio-Television-Film, Government
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Spring 2008

I am the Chief Operating Officer of Geriatric Services of Minnesota.

Location: Minnesota, MN

“Taking an interdisciplinary view on my academic studies helped to shape my undergraduate and graduate career. It later formed a backbone for working in the real world…”
Amber Moore
Major: International Relations & Global Studies
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Summer 2013

I am volunteering as a special education teacher assistant for Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs.

Location: Kenscoff, Haiti

"The coursework and Connecting Experiences helped me narrow my interests and find the career path that I was most passionate about."
Angelica Tello
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Fall 2009

I am pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Location: San Antonio, TX

"As a doctoral student, I lean on the skills that I gained as a BDP student."