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
Abby Berkower is a senior from Long Island, New York double majoring in English and Creative Writing and minoring in Art History. As a Creative Writing UDR, Abby’s primary writing interest is fiction, although she indulges in the occasional poem. On campus, she is the co-editor of JADED Literary Magazine and a tutor and a Gateway Buddy for the English Language Program. Outside of the classroom, Abby enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, attempting to play the guitar, and reviewing music for Cougar Microbes, a London-based music blog. Abby loves traveling, and has studied abroad and interned in London, Edinburgh, and Tel Aviv.
Batsheva (Elizabeth) Berkowitz is a sophomore 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.
Peter Diamond is a senior from Newton, Massachusetts majoring in English and minoring in South Asian Studies. At Brandeis, he has most enjoyed studying Indian literature, 18th century studies, and LGBT literature/alternative approaches to queer studies. Outside of being a UDR, he hosts a radio show and books live concerts on campus, and he works at the Hiatt Career Center as a peer counselor and for the Department of Community Living as a Community Advisor. After college, he hopes to earn a PhD in English.
Caroline is a junior studying English. Two of her favorite authors are David Sedaris and J.R.R. Tolkien, and she loves browsing through bookstores to search for interesting books. Outside of the classroom, she works in the library and enjoys going for long runs and checking out new museum exhibits.
Max Weinstein is a junior majoring in English and Math. In addition to his studies at Brandeis, he works hard with the Student Music Committee to provide a place for student musicians to collaborate and perform. He plays piano himself and enjoys nothing more than making fun sounds with friends. Feel free to reach out to him for just about any reason under the sun.