Nick Lanza


Nick is a sophomore, a Motensen Scholar, and is majoring in Political Science. After Nick graduates, he wants to work as a community organizer to advocate for the needs and rights of underserved communities. Nick has spent many years in a variety of leadership roles. In high school, Nick served as class president, was selected to be E.O. Smith’s student representative on the Board of Education, and served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. At UConn, Nick was named Vice-Chair of Programming, was elected Senator, and is President of the Human Rights club. Nick is also a Mentor at the Academic Achievement Center, works at the front desk in the Office of Student Services, and is an employee at iQuilt, a Hartford-based community organization. Nick loves cracking jokes at the absolute worst times and joined USG because he believes there is more we can do to ensure every student feels welcomed and supported at our campus.

Romina Flores Diaz

Romina Flores Diaz

Vice President



Hala Douda

Hala Douda

Chief of Staff


Shirali Padaliya


I am a second year UConn Hartford Student perusing a major in Management Information Systems. I work for the Academic Achievement Center as an Academic Coach, as well as Plan b Burgers in Glastonbury. I also enjoy serving as Treasurer for the USG at the Hartford campus. I am very grateful for the connections I made by being more involved. Aside from academics, I love working out and hanging out with friends on the weekends 🙂

Email: shirali.padaliya@uconn.edu

Bhav Persaud

Chief of Communications


Email: bhavindra.persaud@uconn.edu

Areeb Masood

Chair of Programming


Email: areeb.masood@uconn.edu

Sidratul Muntaha

Chair of Student Affairs

Sidratul “Sid” Muntaha is a sophomore studying political science on the pre-law track at the University of Connecticut. Muntaha has been a UConn Hartford USG senator since December 2022 and was a part of the DEI-J committee during her first semester as a college student. She transferred to Student Affairs during her second semester, first as a member, then as vice-chair, and now as the committee chair. She also won the USG Member of the Week Award in March 2023 for her work in USG. She is the president and founder of the South Asian Student Association (est. October 2022) at the UConn Hartford campus. With this RSO, she has collaborated and created many events celebrating Asian cultures on campus. Muntaha has also worked with UConn Community Outreach during her first spring break, helping those battling food insecurity in Connecticut. She’s a recipient of the ISA Memorial Fund Scholarship, presented at the 2023 Asian American Cultural Center (AsAcc) Senior Banquet for outstanding intercultural contribution. 
In June 2022, Muntaha graduated from Bristol Eastern High School, located in Bristol, CT. She was a part of many clubs and leadership roles throughout her time there, like the vice president of the FIDM Fashion Club, a promotion team member of the Diversity Club, a student of the AVID program, and many more. After graduating, she visited her high school again to educate students and staff about the Muslim hijab at the Iran Hijab Assembly. Out of 140 towns, due to her outstanding work in the racial and social justice field during her middle and high school career with Bristol Youth & Family Services, she is the only recipient of the 2022 Youth Leadership Award, presented at the 50th Annual Connecticut Youth Services Association (CYSA) Conference.
Outside of campus, Muntaha works at Lake Compounce as a team member of the retail department. She enjoys watching TV shows, listening to music, and socializing with her friends during her free time. She is also bilingual, speaking both English and Bengali (Bangla.) Sid’s goal is to make an impact by listening to the students and celebrating the diversity on campus. After finishing her undergraduate education, Muntaha plans on going to law school to become a civil rights/immigration lawyer.