2019-2020 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.
Fox Baudelaire is a senior with majors in Biological Physics and Chemical Biology, in addition to a minor in Philosophy. As an inaugural Lead UDR, he represents the interests of students across the Division of Science. He first joined the UDR program in the Fall 2018 term as a representative to the major in Biological Physics. A lifelong learner with ancillary interests that include the history of ideas and of scientific knowledge, Baudelaire aims to explore the roles and aims of higher education, and to consider the implications of these roles in the personal and professional development of students with a path in natural science. He is enthused to bring his experiences and skills to expand the reach and visibility of the UDR program, and to serve as an advocate for students to have their concerns and needs heard by the Division.
Leah Samantha Chanen is thrilled to be a part of the inaugural Lead UDR team. Leah is a senior from Phoenix, Arizona and is majoring in Music Composition and Health: Science, Society and Policy. Leah has been taking piano, cello, and voice lessons since she was four years old and taught herself how to play guitar. She spent last summer interning for her member of Congress in DC and is now interning for Congressman Joe Kennedy III. She spends her free time composing musical theatre music, watching movies, and cooking new foods. Leah is passionate about health policy, classical chamber music, LGBT+ issues, social justice, and escape rooms.
Renee Korgood is a senior majoring in Politics and History and minoring in Legal Studies and French. She is from Merrick, New York, but is very involved with local politics right here in Waltham. Renee’s research focuses on global standards of human rights and the role of international institutions in preventing and resolving conflict. On campus, she is an Orientation Leader, a Brandeis National Committee Ambassador, one of the Presidents of Adagio Dance Company, and much more. She also serves on the Steering Committee of Progressive Waltham, a local advocacy group. Renee recently completed an internship at Alliance for Justice in Washington, DC, and continues to volunteer at WATCH CDC in Waltham at a housing clinic. She is excited to be serving as a Lead UDR and as a Politics UDR for a second year!
Janis Li is serving as a Neuroscience UDR for a second year. She is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Biochemistry, with a minor in Hispanic Studies. In her free time, she works with the local homeless shelter in Waltham and projects within the Marder Lab on campus. Her other hobbies include drawing, painting, dancing, and learning new languages.
Stefania is a senior double-majoring in Italian Studies and Health: Science, Society and Policy. She is one of the UDRs for the Italian Studies department, and recently came back from a semester abroad in Rome, Italy. Other than being a Lead UDR, she also works at the International Business School and is a Peer Tutor. She enjoys watching Italian films, playing soccer, and listening to music. Stefania is especially excited to work as a Lead UDR this year!