College of Liberal Arts

Sophomores

Connor Wayne Alexander


Dior Cyitatire

Major: Health + Society

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Social Inequality Health + Policy

Extracurricular Activities: Texas Healthy Habits

Future Plans: Dental School

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Self-aware

Favorite Place to Study: SAC

Most Interesting Course at UT: UGS 303 Course

Favorite Hobbies: Basketball + Watching Movies

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "Help people who have been released from jail get their footing in society."


graceGrace Yvonne Dennis

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Waco, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Children + Society

Extracurricular Activities: SEAL + OXFAM

Future Plans: Graduate School

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Kind

Favorite Place to Study: Dorm room

Most Interesting Course at UT: Mind + Body Psychology

Favorite Hobbies: Painting, Blogging, and Hiking

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "Working with children and encouraging them to be confident. I volunteered with SEAL this year as a tutor and a reading buddy for underrepresented children in Austin."


Divina G. Dominguez

Major: Journalism (currently transferring)

Hometown: Monterrey, NL, Mexico

Bridging Disciplines Program: Creativity + Entrepreneurship 

Extracurricular Activities: Working on my website, photography (freelance) for my portfolio, blogging, and videography projects

Future Plans: Work for a lifestyle/fashion magazine and build my own business 

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Passionate

Most Interesting Course at UT: COM 316 - Photography Class

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "This summer I worked with a magazine to promote a local business in a creative setting and worked with a restaurant to organize food drives and local outreach."


Kathy Estrella

Major: International Business + Chinese

Hometown: Brownsville, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Children + Society  

Extracurricular Activities: Association of Latina Professionals of America and Subiendo Longhorn Chapter (SLC)

Future Plans: Graduate School  

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Kind

Favorite Hobbies: Reading, drawing, walking around while listening to music (as a way to relax)

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "I volunteer a lot at churches or where ever I can work with youth. Recently, I volunteered at a local church in Brownsville, Texas where our main task was to help the community distribute food to the homeless or those in need."


Veronica Sofia Garza


Arissiney C. Groomes

Major: Government 

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Social Justice/ Human Rights

Extracurricular Activities: Inspire Women, Ignite, and Planet Longhorn

Future Plans: Law School

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Different, Caring

Favorite Hobbies: Netflix, nature-related activities, and scrolling through Amazon

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "My most recent volunteer experience was mainly about getting to know the elderly and showing them how to have a good time."


salmaSalma Daniela Guzman

Major: International Relations + Global Studies

Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico

Bridging Disciplines Program: Conflict Resolution + Peace Studies

Extracurricular Activities: Central Texas Model United Nations, Generation United Nations, UT Service Scholars, Hispanic Business Student Association 

Future Plans: Law School - Immigration Law

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Difficult/ Determined/ Compassionate

Favorite Place to Study: Rowling Hall

Most Interesting Course at UT: Social Scientific Imagination

Favorite Hobbies: Reading, Dancing, and Writing

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "Reading books to underprivileged children (literacy coalition). I love helping kids, refugees, and minorities."


Avery Christina Little


Ivana Iliana Parraga


Cathy Preciado

Major: English

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Children + Society

Extracurricular Activities: Longhorn Link Mentor + Texas Rotaract

Future Plans: Pursue a PhD to become an English Literature professor

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Determined 

Favorite Hobbies: Watching movies, fan-girling over One Direction, and listening to musical soundtracks 

How would you define your experience as a Rapoport Scholar? What has the program done for you? "Working in the community has always been a passion of mine having the opportunity to spend 200+ hours across the US helping change happen has been worthwhile." 


Khoa Anh Tong

Major: Urban Studies/ Economics

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Public Policy

Extracurricular Activities: Texas Pioneers + Urban Studies Society

Future Plans: Become an affordable housings developer 

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Ambitious 

Most Interesting Course at UT: Statistics in Market Analysis 

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "Volunteering with Austin Habitat for Humanity and being a Vietnamese language instructor and mentor for The Vietnamese Buddhist Center." 


Melodie Vuong

Major: Medical Laboratory Science + Health and Society

Hometown: Carrolton, Texas

Bridging Disciplines Program: Ethics and Leadership in Health Line

Extracurricular Activities: Project SEED, Edu. Psychology research assistant, UGS ambassador, leadership and ethics institute' BOLD staff, and TCCA social coordinator 

Future Plans: Optometry School

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Witty

Favorite Hobbies: travel/explore (sightseeing, hiking) and reading

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "Distributing food at Mobile Food Pantries and tutoring underprivileged elementary students." 


Alejandra Zuniga

Major: Government

Hometown: Amarillo, Texas + Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Bridging Disciplines Program: Public Policy

Extracurricular Activities: Liberal Arts Honors Mentor, Texas Student Recruiter, & Innovations for Peace and Development (internship)

A Word Others Use to Describe You: Witty

Favorite Hobbies: Working out, painting, traveling/experiencing new things

Favorite Way(s) to Give Back to the Community: "My recent volunteer experience was with Martha's Home, a women's shelter in Amarillo, Texas. It was an incredible and fulfilling experience to know I was able to help people with my time and presence."