College of Liberal Arts


Afarin Allabakhshizadeh

Major(s): English + Creative Writing Certificate in Poetry + Global Business Foundations Certificate

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Human Rights & Social Justice

Passions: The intersections of racial justice and LGBTQIA justice + QTPOC liberation movements

Future Plans: PhD program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies 


Georgette Perez

Major(s): Psychology + Communications Minor

Hometown: Laredo, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Ethics & Leadership in Business 

Passions: Mental Health, Drug Reform, & Sexual Health Education

Future Plans: Currently Working at Google as a Technical Recruiter 


Gerardo M. Mendez

Major(s): Linguistics + Spanish Minor

Hometown: Manor, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Digital Arts & Media

Passions: Art, Learning Languages, Ballroom Dance, Badminton, & Helping Others

Future Plans: Masters in Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence at The University of Tilburg in the Netherlands


Joel S. Espinosa Araiza

Major(s): Economics 

Hometown: Carrollton, Texas


Laura "Mac" Mackay

Major(s): Middle Eastern Cultures & Languages + Fine Arts

Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Bridging Disciplines Program: Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies

Passions: Refugee Rights, Immigration Reform, & Women Presence in the Art World

Future Plans: Fine Arts Degree, Intern at iACT, LSAT exam, and Law School to become an immigration lawyer 


Lucas Broussard

Major: Health and Society

Hometown: Early, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Environment Sustainability 

Passions: Mentoring, Environmental Sustainability, & LGBTQA + Activism including HIV & research prevention

Future Plans: Graduate school and complete pilot license 


Lucero Estrella

Major(s): Mexican American & Latina/o Studies + Asian Cultures & Language: Japanese

Hometown: Brownsville, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Media, Culture, & Identities

Passions: Education, Girl Empowerment, & Immigration Reform

Future Plans: American Studies PhD at Yale University


Thanh Sy

Major: Economics

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Public Policy

Study Abroad: Satander, Spain - Summer 2016

Future Plans: Graduate MS Finance Program at UT


Victoria Hart

Major(s): Psychology + English/UTeach Liberal Arts

Hometown: Rowlett, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Children & Society - Adolescence

Passions: Equity & Equality in Education + The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Future Plans: UTeach certificate + traveling to Chang Mai, Thailand to work with the international Justice Mission & teach English at a local school


Xavier Durham

Major: Sociology

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Human Rights & Social Justice

Passions: Black methods of resistance to the state; Transformational and Black Liberation; Surveillance Biometrics, & Technology 

Future Plans: PhD Program in Sociology at UC Berkeley


Ifeoluwa O. Bada

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Missouri City, Texas

Other Scholarships: Top 10% Scholarship + University Leadership Network

Passions: Education for low-income students

Future Plans: Obtain a job & develop creative writing 


Juan Guerra

Major(s): History + Mexican American Studies

Hometown: Eagle Pass, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Media, Cultures, & Identities

Passions: Education for Lower Income Mexican Americans

Future Plans: Teach U.S. History, Grad School, & become a Superintendent