School of Graduate Studies Hosting Weekly Information Sessions in April
“We welcome current UTB students or past graduates – and graduates from other universities – to join us and explore what advanced degrees we have to offer,” said Dr. Charles Lackey, Dean of Graduate Studies. “These Wednesday sessions are casual; the college faculty, Graduate Studies staff and I will be there to answer questions, get you started, and help in any way.”
Archer Fellow Blanca Davila is pursuing a Master's degree in Public Policy and Management.
According to Lackey, UTB offers six graduate certificate programs, 23 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees.
Graduate student Blanca Davila is currently working on her Master of Public Policy and Management (M.P.P.M.); she returned to school to obtain her master’s degree after graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos in 2010.
“I always knew I would go to graduate school, and after experiencing two good years as a case manager with International Educational Services, I felt it was time, that I was ready for grad school,” she said. “So far, in the M.P.P.M. program, I’m learning relevant information that will serve me well in the future.”
With her Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology with a minor in Business Administration, Davila was well suited for obtaining employment as a case manager with International Educational Services, Inc., in Brownsville. Working with undocumented children, her responsibilities included managing and maintaining client’s files and assisting with reunifying clients with their families living in the United States.
“Working with the children was very emotional – demanding but certainly extremely rewarding in so many respects,” Davila said.
In her position as a case manager, she learned about immigration policy working in conjunction with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, an office of the Administration for Children & Families in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
For the past year, Davila has held a part-time job as a Lead Ambassador with All In, a community-wide initiative led by United Way of Southern Cameron County, to double the number of low-income students that strive for and succeed at postsecondary education. Davila’s responsibilities include guiding high school students into post-secondary education opportunities and developing partnerships with local employers to support students into postsecondary education.
In February, Davila learned she was selected as one of 20 graduate students from among The University of Texas System schools who will spend 12 weeks living, working and attending classes in The Archer Center’s fifth summer graduate program – and the first one ever from UTB.
“I know I will learn so much during this incredible opportunity; I am honored to have been selected,” she said. “My parents are so happy for my good fortune to become an Archer Fellow and go to Washington, D.C. for the summer. I will always be grateful to them for all of their love and support, for having the courage to guide me into a life of respect, morals and perseverance.”
While an Archer Fellow over the summer, Davila will spend the better part of each day as an intern. Fellows are responsible for researching and obtaining their own internships, an integral component of the program. Davila has applied to several internship possibilities at organizations that advocate for education, and she eagerly awaits the responses.
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