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 are interviewing 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
Grace Ahlin is a third year student from New Jersey double majoring in English and Economics. Outside of class, she is active in theater on and off campus and serves on the boards for Hold Thy Peace and the ASL Club. She has loved reading and writing since she was a kid and has worked at two independent bookstores!
Batsheva (Elizabeth) Berkowitz is a senior from Los Angeles and a double major in English and Creative Writing. She started Brandeis as a midyear in spring 2019. She has always loved reading, which grew into a passion for writing as well. She dabbles in everything but hopefully one day you'll find her name on a YA shelf in your local bookstore or library. She also often participates in events run by BOO or Hillel. At Brandeis when not studying, or with friends, she is often trying to find a quiet place around campus to sit and write.
Joy Chang is a senior from Long Island, New York, double majoring in English and Psychology, with a minor in East Asian Studies. She has always enjoyed reading and writing since she was little and would spend her days going to her local library perusing the shelves for a new read. Outside of studying, she is a Brandeis Student Ambassador Coordinator and Executive Board member of Brandeis' Southeast Asia Club (SEAC). Her favorite activity is to go into Boston with friends for lunch and boba!
Lily Darling is a senior from Brooklyn, triple majoring in English, History, and Creative Writing. Her award-winning work in poetry and prose has accumulated recognition from the Academy of American Poets, the Barbaric Yawp! Poetry Contest, and the Ned Vizzini Teen Writing Prizes. Her first novel, Southing, was published in 2019. She is also the Poetry Editor of Laurel Moon, Brandeis's oldest literary journal. Beyond the classroom, she spends her time pacing the modernist wing of the nearest museum, creating playlists to share with her friends, or watching terrible (seriously, just awful) horror movies for fun.
Ethan is a junior studying English and education. He is planning to become a middle or high school English teacher upon graduation. Outside of the classroom, Ethan has a passion for rowing and is captain of the crew team here at Brandeis. He also works at Lemberg Children's Center, and as a peer mentor for Student Support Services Program.
Michaela Strauther is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. Planning to double major in Creative Writing and English, she always has a book in her hand, and has been writing stories since she could spell. At thirteen, she wrote her first completed novel, Embers of Empire, which was later published in 2018. She is always writing and hopes to publish many more books in the future. Though the pandemic halted most of her freshman year plans, Michaela also enjoys theater and dance, and hopes to pursue these extracurriculars more in the years to come.