Alumni@Work

The University of Texas at Austin prepares graduate students for a wide range of career possibilities. Search these alumni profiles by disciplinary background, industry and identity and watch their short videos to learn more about the type of work that advanced degree alumni pursue, the strategies they employ, and how their typical days look.

Mx. Shane Whalley received hir master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Texas School of Social work in 2003. Shane is the founder of Daring Dialogues Consulting. Ze is a deeply relational and playful genderqueer facilitative educator, who has been facilitating workshops and conversations on issues faced by the LGBTQIA communities, cultural humility and responsiveness and social justice frameworks for over 20 years. Hir knowledge comes from my lived experience as a now elder within the genderqueer and queer communities. Shane has also been the Community Coordinator for the Office of Equity at Austin Independent School District, the Education Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked at several mental health nonprofits in Austin. Shane enjoys engaging in conversations around the complexities of “all the things” whether as a mentor, consultant or educator.

  • Shane Whalley, MSSW

Daniela Hernandez Salazar received her Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and Master of Global Policy Studies from UT-Austin in 2018. She is currently working as an Evaluation Consultant at the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, where she conducts evaluations to assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of UN Secretariat programs in relation to their objectives and mandates.

  • Daniela Hernandez Salazar, MA, MPGS

Kirt Smith received his Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) from UT-Austin in 2017. He is currently working as the Asia Section Research Assistant for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, where he supports projects for a wide range of committees, Members, and staff learning about Congressional priorities in the Indo-Pacific region. Assigned to the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division, Kirt provides research support for all of the Asia Section’s portfolios. Kirt also focuses on China as an emerging power in addition to democratic backsliding in Asia with regards to Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, and Hong Kong.

  • Kirt Smith, MGPS

Amie Tran received a Master’s in Public Affairs from UT-Austin in 2020 as part of a dual-degree MPH program with UT-Health Science Center. She is currently working as a public sector consultant at Deloitte where she and her team take on projects to modernize and enhance state agency legacy systems. Since joining Deloitte in July after graduation, she has worked with DSHS and the Office of Attorney General.

  • Amie Tran, MPAff

Lynn Cowles received her PhD in English Literature from UT-Austin in 2015. She is currently working as an Outreach and Enrollment Specialist at Foundation Communities, where she manages the Prosper Health Coverage program during the Affordable Care Act enrollment period, coordinates outreach with community partners, and works with community members to increase public education about health coverage options through Texas state, federal, and local programs.

  • Lynn Cowles, PhD

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