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

photo of michelle cheungMichelle Cheung is a rising senior, 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. 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 Emma HanselmanEmma Hanselman is an Art History major, double minoring in French and Francophone Studies and Linguistics, graduating in 2018. She is involved with several dance groups on campus; Adagio Dance Company's Events Coordinator as well as Treasurer for Hooked on Tap, and member of the Adagio Dance Ensemble. She works as a sales associate for the Brandeis Box office and as a Gallery Guide at the Rose Art Museum on campus. This coming spring she plans to study abroad in Paris. She is so thrilled to combine her love for French language and culture with her excitement for art and delicious French cheese and bread! FUN FACT: Emma is the tallest woman in her immediate family, standing at 4'11 and a half.


Hispanic Studies

photo of Ledia ErkouLedia Delenesa Erkou is a rising senior, 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 julia mcdermottJulia McDermott is a rising senior, 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 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

Dylan Hoffman is a rising junior, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Theater Arts and Italian. He works for Brandeis University Phonathon, and has appeared in a number of plays at Brandeis and in spring of 2016 directed a show for the Festival of the Arts. He plans on studying abroad in Italy during the first semester of his senior year. He spends his free time reading novels and articles from various news sites. He is interested in politics, public policy, economics and social justice issues in addition to his more creative interests. FUN FACT: Dylan is addicted to coffee.

photo of Val SalvadorVal Salvador is a rising senior, double majoring in Linguistics and IIM in Italian Studies. She is the publicist for Brandeis’s Women of Color Alliance (WOCA) and also a UDR for the Linguistics department. Her dream job would be to become a speech therapist and have her own private practice. After Brandeis, she will be doing a Masters program in Speech and Communication in order to go into the speech pathology field. She LOVES Italian and has really enjoyed the Italian classes at Brandeis. The professors are amazing and super sweet! She also loves to read comic books and knit in her free time. FUN FACT: Val loves cooking, baking, and most importantly, eating her creations!

photo of Zach Phil SchwartzZach Phil Schwartz is a rising junior, triple majoring in IGS, Anthropology, and IIM in Italian Studies and minoring in Politics. He is the Opinions Editor of The Brandeis Hoot newspaper and one of three Captains of the Brandeis Ski and Snowboard Team. He will be studying abroad in the Brandeis in the Hague program in the Netherlands in spring 2017. After graduation, he will definitely be attending a graduate school, but is undecided between M.A. programs and Law school. He is a huge New York Mets fan, loves Game of Thrones, and is a competitive skier. FUN FACT: Zach is distantly related to actor John Leguizamo.