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Serving AAPI Communities

''BOLD Podcast''

Isabel Garcia, host of BOLD, sits down with student leaders from UST's Filipino Student Association (FSA) and Vietnamese Student Associations (VSA) - Cecilia Nguyen, FSA president, Natasha Nguyenphat, FSA vice president, and Hoang An "Em" Nguyen, VSA president - to learn more about how the clubs are fulfilling the needs of Asian students across the campus.

The clubs host activities and events that celebrate their respective cultures, but also invite others to participate in the customs and festivities of the culture. They also take a moment to address the recent wave of violence perpetuated against Asian elders and speak about an upcoming prayer vigil and townhall event where they will pray for peace, understanding and hope.

Celebrating a Successful College Career

''BOLD Podcast''

Both Youssef Ahmed and Margaret Gaston have made the most of their college careers. Ahmed, through his hard work with the biology program and founding the dodgeball club, and Gaston, in the nursing program and serving a a retreat leader for campus ministry. Now, as they graduate and begin the next leg of their journey, they take a moment to reflect and share their knowledge and experience with Isabel Garcia, host of BOLD.

They share the ups and the downs and offer other students a bit of advice on how they can make the most of their own college journey.

The Pursuit of Medical School

''BOLD Podcast''

After serving as a translator for a group of American doctor's in his home country of Honduras, senior biology major Robert Flores set his sights on becoming a medical doctor too. The road has been challenging but has led him and his family more than a thousand miles away to Houston and the University of St. Thomas where he is preparing for the MCAT and med school. Host Isabel Garcia sits down with Flores to learn more about his journey.

Two Saints Special: Alumni Giving Back

''BOLD Podcast''

In this special episode of BOLD, Darnell Miller, producer of MAX Studios, sits down with Molly Reyes and Christine Green, members of the UST Alumni Association Board and Co-Chairs of the upcoming, 10th Annual Two Saints and a Taco Tasting event. Reyes and Green talk about their college experience at UST and share why they decided to give back to the University by joining the alumni board.

They also talk about their upcoming event, Two Saints and a Taco Tasting, and how that event allows them to raise money for scholarships so that more students can experience all that UST has to offer. Finally, they share why other alumni should re engage with UST through other events or service opportunities.

If you want to get your ticket, act fast! To get your tickets to the Two Saints and a Taco Tasting Event, click here. 

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Alumnus Guides Future Student

''BOLD Podcast''

Host Isabel Garcia talks with Alumnus Jose Bolivar '14, Academics Program Manager for Houston Independent School District Emerge Program, and his former student, current UST junior and computer science major Fernando Quintero. Jose was Fernando's teacher in high school and encouraged him to apply to UST because of the benefits of a Catholic, liberal arts education. After helping Fernando receive the same scholarship Jose had while at UST, the two formed a bond that continues to allow them to strive to impact others through education and liberal arts.


UST Alumni 

Houston Independent School District Emerge Program 

UST School of Education and Human Services 

Connecting the Dots

''BOLD Podcast''

Host Isabel Garcia talks with Mimi DeLeon about how her time at UST has helped her connect the dots between faith, service and life. A nursing student and Vice President of UST Campus Initiatives, Mimi also finds time for her jobs at Bollo Woodfired Pizza, UST Jeraback Activity and Athletic Center and as a dog walker. In all of her many jobs, she sees serving like Jesus and giving back to her community as her mission in life.

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Making the Most of College

''BOLD Podcast''

Isabel Garcia, the new host of BOLD, introduces herself in her inaugural episode. Isabel’s first interview is with Studio Arts Major Vivian Nie. Vivian is especially BOLD because she is making the most of her college experience by taking advantage of the clubs and activities that University of St. Thomas – Houston has to offer. She started Vitality Dance Project with her friends and also talks about her experience with the Fencing Club. Vivian encourages students to try new things while in college and shares what she’s learned about herself through her clubs and major.


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UST Student Clubs and Organizations 

Just Be Yourself

''BOLD Podcast''

When Matthew McConaughey published his book, "Greenlights," UST Ed.D Alumna, Tammy Smithers, was surprised to find herself within its pages. The lesson learned: be yourself because you never know who is watching and what impact it may have on them. Guest host Bridget Richardson discusses with Tammy how, by being herself, Smithers has had a life of firsts, growth and opportunities and has chosen to make it a life of service.

Tammy Smithers graduated in May 2020 with a Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership and is an adjunct professor in the School of Education and Human Services at University of St. Thomas-Houston. She teaches a course on diversity/equity and leadership at UST. She is also a visiting scholar at Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice at Rutgers University. She also joined Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC as an Executive Consultant specializing in social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion/belongingness.

Helpful Links:
UST School of Education and Human Services
UST Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice at Rutgers University

Whiteness and Privilege: Lifting the Veil on Systemic Racism

Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC

The Weaponry of Whiteness, Entitlement, and Privilege by Tammy E. Smithers and Doug Franklin

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

PR graduate seeks scholarship for social change: University of Texas at Austin

Living a Life of Service

''BOLD Podcast''

This episode of BOLD is a little different, instead of Alex Yemeck interviewing members of the UST community, Darnell Miller, Producer, turns the tables on Alex and sits down with the host to learn about him.

Yemeck shares insights about moving from Cameroon to America, setting up a non-profit and some of the challenges of returning to school. He also shares the origin story of BOLD.

Filmmaking and Faith

''BOLD Podcast''

Alex Yemeck, host, sits down with Cimela Kidonakis ’09, a UST Alumna and documentary filmmaker to talk about faith, filmmaking, and how UST prepared her for the unconventional career path she has taken. She shares her experience of filming a documentary about the apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia and  Herzegovina. She also talks about her newest documentary, Where There is Darkness, about a priest who was murdered in Florida. Finally she teases a project she worked on with Gerard Butler.

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