Mission Statement The Programming Committee works to plan, schedule, and facilitate engaging events on campus that enhance the college experience of the Undergraduate students at Uconn Hartford.
Meeting Time and Location Time: Monday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: 215

Joining Our Committee If you are interested in joining the Programming Committee please submit an application to our committee.

If you missed a meeting, you can access the committee meeting minutes here!

Andrea Ybanez

Andrea Ybanez

Chair of Programming Commitee

Year: Junior Year

Major: Psychological Sciences

Minor: Human Development and Family Sciences

Hometown: Plainville, CT

Reason for Joining USG: I joined USG because I wanted to blaze a trail for success at UConn Hartford. My main mission it to make UConn Hartford a home away from home and bring together our community as a whole.

Contact Info: andrea.ybanez@uconn.edu

Favorite Quote: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths” – Walt Disney

Office Hours: Monday: 2:00-4:00 and Wednesday 10:00-11:00

Ananya Balaji

Ananya Balaji

Vice – Chair of Programming Committee

Year – Sophomore Year

Major – Allied health sciences

Hometown – South Windsor

Reason for joining USG – I am a very outgoing person and I love making friends. I love taking up responsibilities to make this place a better community and for that, I knew that USG was the right place.

Email: ananya.sujatha_balaji@uconn.edu

Favorite quote – Keep those moments of doubts, only moments. ~ Lisa Kudrow

Office hours – Monday- 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Karishma Rentia

Committee Member

Year: Senior Year

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Manchester

Reason for joining: I joined USG because I love planning events and interacting with other students. I love advocating to make a difference for my fellow students.

EmailKarishma.rentia@uconn.edu

Favorite quote: “Distance yourself from negativity”

Office hours: Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 and Friday 9:00 – 11:00

Diya Makadia

Committee Member

Year: Sophmore Year

Major: Business Data Analytics

Hometown: Glastonbury, CT

Reason for joining: I joined USG because I wanted to get to know more people here at UConn, and help the student community as much as I can. I thought the programming committee would be fun since I like to plan events and be organized.

Email: diya.makadia@uconn.edu

Favorite quote: “Mistakes are proof that you are trying” – Unknown

Office hours: Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 and Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00

Isabella Rubio

Isabella Rubio

Committee Member

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biological Sciences

Hometown: Bristol, CT

Reason for Joining USG: I want to help plan the events that help us, students, really interact with the Uconn Hartford campus and make Uconn Hartford feel like a second home.

Contact Info: isabella.rubio@uconn.edu

Favorite Quote: No hay que preocuparse hay que ocuparse. -Guadalupe Sanmartin

Shailey Desai

Committee Member

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Windsor Locks, CT

Reason for joining USG: To become more involved in the UConn Hartford community

Contact info: shailey.desai@uconn.edu

Favorite quote: “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” — Robin Williams

Karla Lopez

Committee Member

Year: Sophomore

Major: Human Development and Family Science

Minor: Psychological Sciences

Reason to join USG: To get involved in the UConn community and help making this a great college experience for others.

Contact info: karla.lopez_velez@uconn.edu

Quote: “With imagination, you can be anything you want.” — SpongeBob SquarePants

Malak Zureiqi

Committee Member

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Psychological sciences/ HDFS

Hometown: Berlin, CT

Reason for Joining USG: I joined USG/ this committee because I wanted to contribute to the greater wellbeing of our campus and bring some joy and excitement to my fellow students.

Contact Info: malak.zureiqi@uconn.edu

Favorite Quote: “They say that the best blaze burns the brightest when circumstances are at their worst.” – Sophie, Howls Moving Castle.

Ajla Ahmetovic

Ajla Ahmetovic

Committee Member

Year: Junior

Major: Psychological Sciences

Minor: Sociology

Hometown: Wethersfield, CT

Reason for Joining USG: I joined USG to be closer to our campus community, engage with students, and be involved in a positive and student led group at our beautiful Hartford campus!

Contact Info: ajla.ahmetovic@uconn.edu

Favorite Quote: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically change the world and you have to do it all the time” – Angela Davis

Germaine Green

Committee Member

Year: Freshman

Major/Minor: ACES

Hometown: Hartford, CT

Reason for Joining USG: I want to leave UConn Hartford and USG a better place than I have discovered it, I want to have a long lasting impact in the time I’m here.

Contact Info: germaine.green@uconn.edu

Favorite Quote: “You learn nothing from life if you think you’re right all the time” – Anonymous

Stephanie Ruby Latorre

Stephanie Ruby Latorre

Committee Member

Year: Freshman ‘25
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Music
Hometown: Middletown, CT
Reason for Joining USG: I joined USG because I want to be part of a positive change and impact at UConn and provide assistance and connections within our student body.
Contact Info: Stephanieruby@uconn.edu
Favorite Quote:  “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” Jesus Christ (Matt 6:34)

Brianna Ramkishun

Brianna Ramkishun

Committee Member

Year: Freshman
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Reason for Joining USG: I would love to enhance not only my experience here at UCONN Hartford but for current and future Huskies as well. I would love to advocate for UCONN and our enjoyment of our college experience and involvement.
Contact Info: brianna.ramkishun@uconn.edu
Favorite Quote: “Whatever, big or small, you are you after all” ― BTS

Kita Karna

Kita Karna

Committee Member

Year: Senior

Major: Human Development & Family Sciences

Hometown: Farmington, CT

Reason for Joining USG: As a member of the programming committee, I want to advocate for events and activities that are accessible to all. For everyone that I have the privilege to interact with, I hope they feel that their campus experience was as full as it can be and that they were supported.

Contact Info: ankita.karna@uconn.edu

Favorite Quote: “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

Sarah Burgdorff

Sarah Burgdorff

Committee Member

Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Psychological Sciences
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
Reason for Joining USG: I joined USG to help to create a welcoming and friendly environment that helps to set each student up for personal and academic success.
Contact Info: sarah.burgdorff@uconn.edu
Favorite Quote: “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta