Italian Studies UDRs

Undergraduate departmental representatives serve as a resource and representative for fellow majors and minors and potential majors and minors, and bring 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.

2020-21 UDRs

Leah Sagan-Dworsky
Leah Sagan-Dworsky
Class of 2021

Leah is double majoring in Italian Studies and Music and minoring in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST). She is involved in the Adagio dance company and participates in 2-3 dances per semester. In addition, she is the president of the African Drum and Dance club. She is involved in WBRS' student music committee as part of the e-board. In this role, she plans music events including Jam Sessions and Open Mics in the Stein. Leah studied abroad in Cremona, Italy her senior year of high school as part of a Rotary Club Scholarship. In addition, she studied world music abroad in Cape Town, South Africa the spring of her Junior year. In the future, Leah plans to live abroad. After college, she hopes to either teach English abroad or work for an organization that uses art to bring different groups of people together. Her dream job would be running a choir that brings two adversary groups together. In her free time, she writes songs, skis up hills, and sings opera in hidden places on campus. FUN FACT: Leah can touch her tongue to her nose.

Nicholas Simonetti
Class of 2022

I am majoring in Economics and Business Administration and minoring in Italian Studies. I am an A Team member for TRON, the men's competitive ultimate Frisbee team. I have not studied abroad, but I would be open to the idea in my senior year. My dream job would be owning a successful restaurant somewhere in Northern Italy. In my free time I like to work out, play piano and read literature. I try to maintain my Italian by conversing with native speakers and watching Italian YouTubers. Over the past few summers, I have worked as a chemical sales associate at a swimming pool store and have helped clear up customers' pools.

Independent Interdisciplinary Major UDRs

Rebecca Goldfarb
Class of 2021
Julian Snyder
Class of 2021

IIM Academic Adviser

photo of Katy McLaughlin
Katy McLaughlin
IIM Advisor, Senior Academic Advisor

Katy works on the advising team and coordinates the Independent Interdisciplinary Major (IIM), which allows students the opportunity to develop a unique course of study. She joined the Academic Services team in 2010 as the SSSP Department Coordinator, and after a brief time away to pursue a master’s degree, she returned in 2014 as an Academic Advisor. Katy holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University and an Ed.M. in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Katy is particularly interested in issues related to college access and persistence, the first-year student experience, and helping students navigate the search for purpose and meaning.

In her free time, Katy enjoys playing with her dogs Riley and Milo, strategy board games, knitting, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and exploring new places.