College of Liberal Arts

Juniors

lucero

Lucero Arguello

Major: International Relations & Global Studies

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Ethics & Leadership in Law, Government, & Politics

Extracurricular Activities: Humanity First

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "My favorite way to give back is by inspiring others to follow their dream. My favorite volunteer experience ever was during the summer before entering college when I volunteered at the local church community center in a program called "Dream on Houston". The program focused on inspiring kids in East End Houston to reach their full potential."

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Outgoing

Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family

How Do You Balance Your Extracurricular Activities with Your Classes: "Time management and coffee."


alyssaAlyssa Ashcraft

Major: Government + Humanities

Hometown: Nederland, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Public Policy

Extracurricular Activities: Liberal Arts Council, Student Government, Orange Jackets, & Undergraduate Mentorship Agency

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "I love hands-on volunteering. I want to be directly involved with the causes I'm passionate about, so I prefer service programs that allow me to work directly in the field. My favorite experience has been tutoring in Austin schools, food kitchens, and Habitat for Humanity."

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Compassionate

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, and attempting to try every restaurant in Austin

Most Interesting Course at UT: Philanthropy: The Power of Giving

Future Plans: Law School


adrian

Adrian Gonzalez

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Eagle Pass, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship

Extracurricular Activities: ALPFA Member

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "Help out in food drives, promote sustainability, help out those in need, and teach lower-income children about technology."

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Handy

Favorite Place to Study: Student Activity Center (SAC) + Monkey's Nest Coffee

Hobbies: Fixing motorcycles, cars, and electronics

First Thing You Do When You Find Free Time: "Watch the Office"


taylar

Taylar Henderson

Major: Government + Political Communication Studies

Bridging Disciplines Program: Ethics & Leadership of Law, Politics, & Government

Extracurricular Activities: Planet Longhorn + SEAL

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "My favorite way to give back to the community is to work with and teach children. When given the right tools and a strong foundation, these children will go on to change the world. I volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club where I tutor children in math, English, and Spanish." 

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Positive

Favorite Place to Study: The Norman Hackerman Building


emily

Emily Ibarra

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Rockdale, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Social Inequality, Health, & Policy 

Extracurricular Activities: Longhorn Chapter-International Justice Mission + Wellness Policy Director for Student Government

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Sweet

Most Interesting Course at UT: Intro to Health & Society (HS301)

Tips for Incoming Freshmen: "Be open to change, try to focus on the present moment, and trust that things will pan out the way they are supposed to." 


raphael

Raphael Jaquette

Major: Middle Eastern Studies + Arabic 

Hometown: Akwesane, New York

Bridging Disciplines Program: Conflict Resolutions & Peace Studies

Extracurricular Activities: Student Government, Senate of College Councils, Liberal Arts Council, & Guides of Texas

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Trench-deep

Favorite Place to Study: The Senate Office

Hobbies: Music Composition + Writing

Recent Volunteer Experience: Centers for Survivors of Torture, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Habitat for Hummanity ReStore, & Inside Books


amarachi

Amarachi Ngwakwe

Major: International Relations & Global Studies (IRG)

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Social Inequality, Health, & Policy

Extracurricular Activities: Black Health Professionals Organization

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "I love working with children. This summer I volunteered as a teacher in Dallas ISD's summer reading program for refugee students."

Favorite Place to Study: PCL

Hobbies: Fitness + Dancing

How Do You Balance Your Extracurricular Activities With Your Classes: "Google Calendar, writing out my daily goals, & creating an hour-by-hour plan of how I use my time."


patiencePatience Ojionuka

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Human Rights & Social Justice

Extracurricular Activities: One Note Stand Acapella + Students for Equity Diversity

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: Helping, tutoring, and working with kids

Favorite Place to Study: Multicultural Engagement Center + Coco's Cafe

Tips for Incoming Freshmen: "Keep an agenda! Get involved on campus! There's always a club for you." 


tanyaTanya Owens

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Children & Society

Extracurricular Activities: Volunteering, reading, and working out

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "My main favorite way of giving back is collecting donations of food and clothing to send to those who are less fortunate. Recently, I have been tutoring the youth and feeding the homeless."

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Outgoing 

Future Plans: "Graduate school to receive my Doctorate and then open my own practice in a low income community to increase awareness and provide support for mental health." 


nicky

Nicky Pownall

Major(s): International Relations + Certificate in Core Texts & Ideas

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA + Houston, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Conflict Resolutions & Peace Studies

Study Abroad: Mexico Spring 2019

Extracurricular Activities: Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD), Students Expanding Austin Literacy (SEAL), Lions Club, Jefferson Scholars Program, Liberal Arts Honor Diversity Action Committee (LAHDAC)

Define Your Experience as a Rapoport Scholar: "The Rapoport Scholarship has been such a wonderful blessing in my life. It has facilitated my service learning, supported my education, and connected me to an incredible network of brilliant minds all devoted to giving back. It is a great community that has introduced me to some of my greatest friends."


vanessa

Vanessa Rodriguez

Major: Government + Mexican American Studies

Hometown: Elgin, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Human Rights

Extracurricular Activities: University Leadership Initiative (ULI) + Work

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "I like to empower others through giving valuable information such as presenting 'Know Your Rights' presentations. Most recently, I went back to my high school to give a presentation about Education Equity to my counselor." 

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Bold 


ashley salinas

Ashley Salinas

Major: Government + Humanities 

Hometown: Woodlands, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Conflict Resolutions & Peace Studies

Extracurricular Activities: Liberal Arts Refugee Alliance + Texas Civic Ambassadors 

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "Volunteering with the ELL class at the Multicultural Refugee Coalition" 

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Determined 

Define Your Experience as a Rapoport Scholar: "Being a Rapoport Scholar has allowed me to be part of an amazing community of ambitious, service-minded people. The connections I have made have collectively influenced me to be better and make a difference in the world."


christeneChristene Vo

Major: Philosophy + Sustainabilty Studies

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits

Extracurricular Activities: Inspire Cohort 2017, Liberal Arts Council (LAC), Buddhist Light Organization (YAD), & Emancipet

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "I enjoy working with non-profits and environmental activism. I'm also interested in working in public education for gentrified schools."

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Quirky or Eccentric


carol

Carol Ze-Noah

Major: Government + Women's & Gender Studies

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Public Policy

Extracurricular Activities: Texas Star Alliance & College of Liberal Arts Diversity Association

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "Post Harvey, I volunteered at the Houston Food Bank because a number of families were left without resources such as food and water. Every way to give back is my favorite way because giving back is not about the individual performing the deed."

One Word Others Use to Describe You: Ambitious

Favorite Place to Study: UT Architecture Library + Monkey Nest Coffee

Hobbies: TV, meditating, & yoga