Becoming a UDR

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2013-2014 Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

Samantha Gordon '14Sam Gordon

My name is Samantha Gordon, and I am a rising senior majoring in Sociology and Theater. On
campus I am involved with Student Events, Orientation, Crowd Control Improv Troupe, and the Undergraduate Theater Collective. You may see my working in the Department of Sociology or studying in Einsteins. This past Spring 2013, I studied abroad in Florence, the city of the Renaissance and pasta. I love everything about Brandeis’s Department of Sociology and I enjoy taking classes on gender and medical sociology. I am beyond excited to be UDR for Sociology this year and please feel free to email me with any questions about the department, professors, or classes. I'm here to help any way I can!

Meredith van der Walde '15Meredith

My name is Meredith van der Walde, and I am a junior with a double major in Sociology and Psychology and a minor in Social Justice and Social Policy. On campus I am a member of Adagio Dance Company, Tour Guide through the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Orientation Leader, and Student Caller for Brandeis’s Phonathon. I am extremely passionate about social justice and hope to pursue a career in law and/or nonprofit work after graduating from Brandeis. As a Sociology Undergraduate Departmental Representative, I hope to strengthen the relationship between the Sociology and the Social Justice and Social Policy departments, as well as raise awareness on campus about the opportunities that stem from majoring in Sociology. I am so excited to begin working as a UDR! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at

Sarah Zoloth '14 Sarah Zoloth

 I’m a senior, majoring in Sociology and newly in Health, Science, and Social Policy. I love everything about Brandeis’s sociology program, but particularly love the studies of gender, medicalization, and pop culture. On campus, I’m involved with Trisk and have been tutoring with Waltham Group’s TIPS in my time at Brandeis. Outside of school, I am also a huge proponent of many social justice efforts and try to keep up with them. In my free time, I try to stay on top of lots of aspects of culture and am usually at a concert, show, or reading a book. I look forward to helping you get what can serve you best from our program and hope that I’ll make some positive changes in my time as UDR. Contact me at

Raustin Hernandez ’14Raustin Hernandez 

Hello all, I'm Raustin!  I'm double majoring in Sociology and International and Global Studies here at Brandeis as well as minoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.  Formerly an Experiential and Community Engaged Learning (ExCEL) Fellow, I hope to continue promoting experiential forms of learning from within the Sociology Department.  One of my passions when entering new societies with different cultures is to simply observe, interact, analyze, and reflect.  This past year abroad in Palestine, Morocco, and Egypt has given me many opportunities to use the knowledge from Brandeis classrooms in the field.  I grew up in about as many places as I have fingers and the many questions that arose during that time largely contributed to my desire to study Sociology.  As a UDR in my senior year I hope to spark that passion in others as well as direct it along the most beneficial path or paths.  I look forward to many great encounters, studies, and discussions this year.  Feel free to stop me anywhere, anytime to chat and you can contact me at