Undergraduate Departmental 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 Department 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
Batsheva (Elizabeth) Berkowitz is a junior from Los Angeles, California, planning to 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 junior from Long Island, NY double majoring in English and Psychology. 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 and Vice President of Brandeis’ Southeast Asia Club (SEAC). She loves spending her free time reading a lengthy novel with a mug of green tea.
Caroline is a senior studying English. Some of her favorite authors are David Sedaris, Kazuo Ishiguro, and J.R.R. Tolkien, and she loves frequenting bookstores to browse for new books. Outside of the classroom, she works as an Information and Borrowing Assistant at the Brandeis Library, manages the Brandeis Media Coalition, goes for long runs, and checks out museum exhibits.
Isaac Haber is a senior from Boston, Massachusetts majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Theatre Arts. He is currently working on a novel for his Creative Writing Thesis, though he also fancies himself an occasional screenwriter. Isaac is the President/Director of Crowd Control Improv and a contributing arts writer for the Hoot. His favorite writing spot is Bates Hall at the Boston Public Library. He enjoys playing guitar and piano, reading novels, and making pour-over coffee. He hopes to one day move to Brooklyn and become a cliche.
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.