Undergraduate Dept. Representatives (UDRs)
About the Program
The Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDR) program was first established by the Student Senate in the early to mid-1990s, and reestablished in the fall of 1998 by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the suggestion of faculty and undergraduate participants of "Creating a Welcoming Campus Environment" meetings. The program is designed to open avenues of communication between undergraduates and departmental/program faculty.
UDRs are selected during the spring semester for the following academic year.
OpenBook: An English Dept. Podcast
In this series of podcasts, undergraduate departmental representatives from English and Creative Writing interview professors to help students get to know the faculty better both as scholars and as people. Listen to these podcasts to hear a little bit more about your professors than you may learn in the classroom!
Meet the Representatives
Autumn Bellan studies Creative Writing, English, and Journalism at Brandeis University. At eight years old, she offered her journal to her mother, with a poem after her name inside, “A Rose in the Autumn,” a resilience poem if you will. She said, I want to be a writer. Her mother responded, but you’ve never written anything before. Autumn has written everyday since, a persistence story if you will. Her work has been published in Laurel Moon Magazine. Autumn shares her work online, @fallingintopoetry.
Hannah Heimann is a senior from Berkeley, California, now living in Zichron Yaakov, Israel, and majoring in English and Education Studies with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. A lover of fantasy and classic literature, she can often be found with her nose in a book, talking about Judaism, or scream-singing along to a random Broadway musical soundtrack. She is ecstatic to be pursuing her life-long dream of teaching English literature, inspiring the next generation of literature lovers all over the world.
Cayenn Landau is a junior from the Bay Area, double-majoring in Creative Writing & Psychology, and minoring in Journalism. She is wild about reading, writing, solving mysteries, and chasing Bigfoot. Or is Bigfoot chasing her?
Paige Mandia is a junior from Essex, Massachusetts, double majoring in English and Politics with a minor in Psychology. She has been an avid reader since the day she learned how, and you can always find her with a book, or book recommendation, in hand. (Seriously, ask her for a recommendation.) She hopes to pursue a career that allows her to further her passion for writing and that grants her plenty of time to read, of course! When not in class, Paige is involved with the Gender and Sexuality Center’s Pride Reps program, Proscenium a cappella, and various theater groups on campus.
Irina Znamirowski is a junior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada double majoring in English and Philosophy and minoring in Psychology. While Irina has always been an avid reader, it was not until coming to Brandeis that she considered studying English. Irina enjoys all sorts of literature but plays and poetry are among her favourite genres, especially existential theatre. Outside of academics, Irina is extensively involved in the dance scene on campus. Irina dances with the Adagio Dance Company, Brandeis Ballet Club, and the Hooked on Tap Dance Ensemble. In addition, Irina co-choreographed Freeplay’s Cabaret in Spring 2022. She is also involved with the Waltham Group serving as the 2022-2023 Volunteer Engagement Coordinator. If you have any questions about the English major, life at Brandeis, or anything else, Irina is always happy to chat!