Meet Our UDRs


The Romance Studies Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) serve as a resource for fellow majors and minors and potential majors and minors, and bring student concerns and ideas to the department faculty and staff. They provide feedback regarding scheduling problems, course offerings, etc. and help organize events for majors, minors and other interested students.

French and Francophone Studies

Leslie Kamel is a rising senior, double majoring in French and Francophone Studies and Health: Science, Society and Policy.

photo of michelle cheungMichelle Cheung is a rising junior, double majoring in Biology and French. She is involved with SCRAM, BEMCo, Brandeis French & Francophone Club, and also works as the French BUGS tutor at the Office of Academic Services. Unfortunately, due to her commitments to the pre-med track, she won’t be able to study abroad next year but there is always next summer! Her post-graduation plans involve medical school, but she would love to use her language skills (She speaks English, Chinese, and French) to volunteer for Doctors Without Borders at some point. FUN FACT: She loves to travel and eat exciting, new foods; She is obsessed with Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern!

photo of Jessica SteindlerJessica Steindler is a rising senior, double majoring in French and Francophone Studies and Psychology. She is involved in the gymnastics club team, mountain club, and yoga club. She also likes to sing, and was involved in an a Cappella group, company b, for her first two years at Brandeis. She studied abroad in Paris in Spring 2015, and is adventurous and really loves the outdoors.


Hispanic Studies

photo of Ledia ErkouLedia Delenesa Erkou is a rising junior, double majoring in Economics and Hispanic Studies. She is 1 of 5 Coordinators of General Tutoring of Waltham Group at Brandeis. After graduation she would like to get a job with the U.S. government or abroad, related to her major. She loves learning languages and exploring new music. FUN FACT: She can wiggle her ears.

photo of hannah marionHannah Marion is a rising senior, double majoring in Sociology and Hispanic Studies and minoring in Social Justice and Social Policy, Education Studies, and Latin American and Latino Studies. She is on the Brandeis Women's Tennis team and she is also an English Language Learners volunteer tutor, an Aceing Autism volunteer tennis coach, and a Study Abroad Ambassador. She studied abroad last fall in Havana, Cuba. She would love to work as a social worker, education policymaker, or teacher. She loves to read about Cuba, listen to NPR, and watch college basketball. FUN FACT: She has flown an airplane!

photo of julia mcdermottJulia McDermott is a rising junior, majoring in Hispanic Studies and HSSP and minoring in Legal Studies and Politics. She is a member of the women's soccer team, works at the Lemberg Children's Center, and is an English Language Learner tutor. She will be studying abroad in Madrid next Spring semester. She wants to have a job which involves travel and helping people, hopefully through health policy regulations and public health programs. She likes to sing, write stories, and spend time with her family and friends. FUN FACT: She loves the show Downton Abbey!

Italian Studies

photo of Aditi ShahAditi Shah is a rising junior, double majoring in History and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) and planning to minor in Italian Studies. She works as a Hiatt Advisor at the Hiatt Career Center and is part of the South Asian Students Association and Indian dance groups on campus. She is also one of the student leaders of Brandeis's Namaskar Association. She hopes to attend law school after graduating from Brandeis. She loves to dance, sing, read, and watch movies in her free time. FUN FACT: She has a huge sweet tooth!

Breanna Small is a rising senior, double majoring in Anthropology and Italian Studies, with a minor in Art History.  She works at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism on campus, and as the BUGS tutor for Italian (come say hi!). Breanna spent this past summer in Italy, conducting research on immigration rights, experiences, and policy. FUN FACT: She loves art, music, and dancing—especially ballet and salsa!