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In 2004, Lehigh University became the sixth university in the world to gain Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations. This designation gives the university rare access to the world’s largest intergovernmental organization. Each year more than 1,000 Lehigh faculty, staff and students attend UN conferences, high-level briefings and private meetings with ambassadors and other UN officials in New York City and on campus.

By the Numbers

The UN Connection


students are UN NGO Youth Representatives


students have interned at the United Nations


Ambassadors from around the world have spoken at Lehigh

Our Team

Bill Hunter

Director, Fellowship Advising and UN Programs

phone: (610)758-4505

Elena Reiss

Assistant Director

phone: 610)758-4716

Helen Rivera


phone: 610)758-3193

Representatives and Interns

Krista Liguori, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor
Dept of Community & Population Health
Alternate Representative to the United Nations

Claire Kirshenbaum

Lehigh University / United Nations Youth Representative
Gender Equity and Youth Empowerment

Jessica Berman

Lehigh University / United Nations Youth Representative
Health Focus

Emmanuella Agyemang

Lehigh University / United Nations Communications Intern

Vitalik Martyniak

Lehigh University / United Nations Partnership Intern

Timmy Dillard

Lehigh University / United Nations Communications Intern

Trinity Keh

Digital Media Marketing and Brand Integrity Intern

Batoul Bazine


Isabelle Canadine

Assistant Videographer