Business Leaders of UConn (BLU) seeks to empower and advance underrepresented BIPOC students through various distinguished professional opportunities, while creating a strong community for minority students interested in business. The ultimate goal is to equip high-achieving, marginalized students with the skill-set, resources, mentorship, and network to accomplish their career goals.

Business Leaders of UConn (BLU) was established in order to provide a visible community for Black Indigenous students of color in the business school at UConn. We provide a space where students can discuss social issues that the BIPOC populations face in the intersections of the business world. Opportunities to network with accomplished UConn alum employed in diverse business fields will be accessible through our mentoring program. We will assist students interested in prestigious internships and full-time positions through coaching from experienced upperclassmen to successfully recruit for exclusive positions.

Overall, our organization hopes to tackle issues regarding low retention of Black and Brown students in the business school stemming from the lack of resources, mentorship and community that white students in the business school often benefit from.

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Meetings: Wednesdays at 6pm. 

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Dress Code for Meetings: Casual

Dues: None

    Meet the Executive Board

    Melvin is a senior Finance major and a Managing Director of Relations for Hillside Ventures. He has been previously involved in the Finance Society while also helping create a financial literacy club at UCONN targeting underprivileged youth. Aside from Hillside VC and BLU, he spends his time working out and meditating. He’s an avid history geek who loves cultures and hopes to see all the world one day. Melvin hopes to break into an HR role to start his career and eventually work for a non-profit organization.

    Aliyah Hayes is a senior Finance major, minoring in both Africana Studies and Urban & Community Studies. She currently holds the position of VP of Finance for SUBOG and also serves as the Chief Diversity Officer of UCTV.

    Jhanelle Lee is a sophomore Finance major. She plans on minoring in Digital Marketing & Analytics next fall. Currently, Jhanelle serves as a mentor for first year students in the Connecting with the Arts Learning Community. Here, she hosts one on one meetings with her mentees and occasionally guides them into curating a positive relationship with the arts. When she is not fulfilling her duties, Jhanelle loves to write lyrics and critique films. The next film on her roster is Chungking Express. In the future, Jhanelle wants to become a financial advisor to guide others on how to manage their income.  

    Kathleen Cruz is a senior Marketing major, Management and WGSS minor, and Digital Marketing & Analytics concentration. Aside from BLU, she is the Chief Executive Officer of UCTV (the on-campus television station), the Campus Brand Manager for HBOMax, and the President of Ascend UConn. Last summer, she interned at Synchrony as a Marketing Studio Account Manager. She has also worked with AT&T, Target, Apcor, Gartner, Marketing EDGE, and the Hanover Insurance Group. During my free time, she sings, plays the piano, and does freelance photography, the latter of which you find more information on @thekatsnaps on Instagram or

    Leticia Quintino is a senior Marketing major, minoring in Psychology. On-campus, she is a co-coordinator for the METAS Program, a mentorship program within the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center. She also has been working as a Resident Assistant for three years. During her Junior year, she became involved in Business Leaders of UConn and found a space she felt comfortable building on her skills and networks with others who experienced similar challenges in the School of Business as her, later becoming Chief Marketing Officer for the organization. She also serves as Vice President for the Brazilian Student Association on campus. Other than her involvement on campus, her hobbies include music, tv/movies, singing, reading, and just being around people who can make her laugh.  


    This office focuses on the development of strategic diversity initiatives and partnerships within the School of Business to create a diverse and inspiring environment for excellence in teaching and learning. Their programs support all students with an emphasis on underrepresented and first generational students by providing resources that enhance the value of their degree and make them more competitive in the business world. Learn More

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