2022-2023 Lead UDRs

Lead UDRs serve as liaisons between department/program UDRs, UDR Program staff and School of Arts and Sciences Division Heads. They meet with UDR program staff to discuss program activities and advise on new initiatives and UDR policy changes, and with School Division Heads to discuss academic and pedagogical issues in the division.  Additionally, they facilitate collaboration among department/program UDRs, support UDR trainings, and advise UDRs on an as needed basis.

There is one Lead UDR from each School of Arts and Sciences Division (Creative Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences) and one at-large Lead UDR.

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Julia Braeunig
At-Large Lead UDR
UDR for International and Global Studies

The job of the At-Large UDR is to be the point person and main representative for the UDR program as a whole. Some of the responsibilities of the At-Large Lead UDR are as follows:

  • Creating events for the whole department

  • Implementing program wide initiatives

  • Being the point person for contact with other offices on campus

  • Ex. Admissions, academic serviss, upper administration, etc.

Julia Braeunig ’23 is a triple major in International and Global Studies (IGS), Sociology, and Health: Science, Society and Policy (HSSP). She is an international student from Germany and aspires to enter a PhD Program in Sociology after her graduation from Brandeis. She feels passionately about Global Health and Healthcare access. Besides Julia’s role as one of the IGS UDRs, she is currently working as an Admissions Fellow and Ambassador, is an Orientation Leader, and does Research within the Sociology Department. Julia speaks four languages and lived in Brazil for a year before coming to Brandeis as a Recipient of the Wien International Scholarship. She is also a Davis Scholar as an alum of the United World College Robert Bosch. Julia loves Brandeis for its diversity and inclusivity. In her free time, Julia loves to go on hikes, take mushroom walks (collect and cook mushrooms!), spend an afternoon reading, and explore various cafés around Waltham. Julia loves to connect with new people and is excited to serve as an IGS UDR and as the At-Large Lead UDR!

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Jessica Morales
Humanities Division Lead UDR
UDR for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies

Hi, everyone! My name is Jessica Morales, my pronouns are she/her :). I am a senior pursuing a BA in HSSP and a minor in LACLS. I am currently in the pre-nursing track. I am enthusiastic to join the Humanities UDR team and looking forward to make this academic year exciting for all of you! 

While not in school, I work at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary as a Nursing Assistant. I am a double citizen of the United States and Colombia, letting me compete all over the world on Colombia’s National Fencing team. I am a foodie for Cuban and Colombian food, my favorites being arroz congrí and sancocho, respectively. 

I am so excited to be your LACLS and Lead UDR and can’t wait to see what we have in store for each other. If you have any questions about the department, the division, and/or the Spanish language, don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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Sophia Reiss
Social Sciences Division Lead UDR
UDR for Legal Studies

Sophia Reiss ‘23 is a Philosophy major with minors in Legal Studies, Politics, and History of Ideas. She is passionate about law, ethics, history, and courts. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Brandeis University Law Journal with past experience on the Student Union judiciary.

She enjoys taking classes throughout the division and gaining new perspectives on the world to contribute and understand others better. She studied abroad last spring semester in Denmark, furthering her interests in these subjects as well as a love of travel. She is so excited to serve as your Legal Studies UDR and Lead UDR of the Social Sciences Division this year.

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Krupa Sourirajan
Sciences Division Lead UDR
UDR for Biology
Krupa Sourirajan ‘23 (she/her) is majoring in Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Hispanic Studies on the pre-med track. When Krupa is not in class, she can be found giving tours with Admissions, doing research in the CoPE Lab, or dancing with her dance team, Chak De, in Gosman’s dance studio. She also is the PR Chair of the Brandeis South Asian Students Association (SASA) and has her own earring business called EarringsbyKrups. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, collaging, and spending time with her friends. Krupa loves meeting new people and is excited to be a Lead UDR for the Sciences Division!
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Angela Sun
Creative Arts Division Lead UDR (Spring '23)
UDR for Art History

Angela Sun '23 is majoring in Art History & East Asian studies with a minor in History. Her interests within the field of Art History are very diverse and range from Baroque sculpture to postwar Japanese calligraphy. Some of her favorite artists include Bernini, Titian, Vincent Van Gogh, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Yue Minjun, and Morita Shiryū. In her free time, you can find her refining her seal carving skills, doing Chinese hip-hop translations, or designing laser-cutlabels for student exhibitions. Angela is extremely excited to be a Lead UDR for the Creative Arts division and looks forward to finding new ways to promote the arts at Brandeis!

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Mello Wilsted
Creative Arts Division Lead UDR (Fall '22)
UDR for Art History

Mello Wilsted ’22 is from Oakland, CA., working on a Politics major, with a minor in Architecture and Art History. In her own art practice, she is a multimedia artist: crochet, paper cutting, watercolor, drawing, bookbinding, printing and letterpress. She was an apprentice at David Goines and Richard Seiburt's shop, Saint Heronimous Press. She is a certified book binder by the San Francisco Center for the Book. Senior year of high school, she published a book on Oakland street art stickers, called SLAP! She is currently a writer for the Arts and Culture section of the Justice. She is extremely excited to continue as a Lead UDR for the Creative Arts division and to be able to continue to promote the arts at Brandeis.