Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs)

The Undergraduate Departmental Representatives serve as a resource and representative for fellow majors and minors and potential majors and minors, and brings student concerns and/or ideas to the program faculty. They also provide feedback to the program chair, undergraduate advising head, and faculty regarding scheduling problems, course offerings, etc. and help organize events for majors, minors, and other interested students.

Emily Blumenthal
Emily Blumenthal
Class of 2020
Emily is a senior, majoring in American Studies and triple-minoring in French, Film, and Journalism. She began studying French when she lived in Belgium as a teenager. Since then, she has continued to fall in love with the language, and hopes to inspire others to do the same. During the fall of 2018, she spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, but found a good group of francophiles so she wouldn't miss French too much while there. Outside of class, she is an editor for the Justice and a member of WBRS and Brandeis Pro-Choice Club. After graduation, she would like to become a reporter. FUN FACT: Emily is a huge Lord of the Rings fan and got to visit Hobbiton while abroad!
Jason Chen
Jason Chen
Class of 2020
Jason is double majoring in Hispanic Studies and French and Francophone Studies. He is running his own blog and also a platform for Chinese students who want to study abroad. He studied abroad in Paris for Spring 2019, and in Madrid for Summer 2019. After graduation, he will continue to work for that platform in New York for about two years, and then start to purse his master’s degree in journalism. In his free time, he loves sports and traveling. He plays sports everyday if possible, and is a huge fan of soccer. For traveling, he has been to 6 continents and over 40 countries in the world. FUN FACT: His favorite country is New Zealand and favorite city is Paris, so far.
Akim Sanni
Akim Sanni
Class of 2021
Akim is a Wien International Scholar and also a varsity basketball athlete here at Brandeis. He is originally from the Benin Republic in West Africa. He grew up speaking French and four dialects and learned English when he came to the U.S. for high school his sophomore year. He came to Brandeis as undeclared, class of 2021 but as a rising junior, he is a Business, French and Francophone major and minor in Economics. He is not studying abroad but it's still something he is considering for the future. His post-graduation plan is to apply to Brandeis IBS, work part-time in a business firm and teach French. In his free time, he likes to learn new things, sculpting and drawing, create great memories with family and friends and also volunteer for youth basketball and football camps. FUN FACT: He loves to cook.