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The Global Union is an organization led by a group of international and U.S. students that promotes diversity and inclusion on the Lehigh University campus and in the local community.

Global Union Executive Board

Miriam Soriano Gregorio

Miriam Soriano Gregorio

President

Miriam is a senior majoring in Business Information Systems and minoring in Asian Studies. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she is currently learning Arabic. Aside from the Global Union, Miriam is also involved with Conversation Partners, LU Diplomats, and BIS club. She has been involved with the GU since her first year through the International Bazaar and is excited to continue this tradition during her last year at Lehigh.

Vicki Jagdeo

Vicki Jagdeo

Vice President 

Vicki is a junior majoring in Earth and Environmental Science and minoring in International Relations. She has been involved with the GU since her freshman year through the International Bazaar and GU Ambassador program. Aside from the Global Union, she is the community coordinator for the First Generation Community, President of Lehigh Immigration Coalition, and a student guide for the LUSSI program. She loves experiencing other cultures and foods as well as traveling.

Jia Wo

Jia Wo

Vice President for Graduate Student Outreach

Jia is a second-year graduate student majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin, and she can speak basic Korean as well. Aside from the Global Union, Jia is involved with the Lehigh Accounting Club. She has recently joined the Global Union. She loves going on more adventures, learning new things and staying connected with people from different culture background. She is passionate about helping graduate students get involved in campus activities and improve their study experience and life adventure at Lehigh.

Adrian Suarez

Adrian Suarez

Vice President for Club Relations

Adrian is a sophomore majoring in Economics and minoring in Theatre with a certificate Global Citizenship. He is proudly Filipino of Spanish, French, Chinese & American descent. He is a Gryphon for the First Generation Themed Community, the President of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, an e-board for Lehigh’s Multi-Faith Initiative and is the Strategic Partnership Lead for PlasTech Ventures under Mountaintop.  He is a man on a mission to be financially prosperous, graduate with a Harvard MBA, and become a Catholic preacher spreading the global message of loving kindness before the age of 30.

Em Thampoe

Em Thampoe

Vice President for Internal Programming

Em is a junior double majoring in Journalism and Health, Medicine, and Society. She was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey but is of Sri Lankan descent. While she does not speak her parents’ native tongue of Tamil, she is well versed in Spanish. This is her first time being directly involved with the Global Union but has helped out with international clubs and programming in the past. Aside from the Global Union, she is the Deputy Lifestyle Editor for the Brown and White, a staff member of The Center for Gender Equity, and is a member of the University Choir. She enjoys learning about other cultures through enjoying different cuisines, consuming various types of media, and traveling.

Lidya Bekele

Lidya Bekele

Vice President for Member Programming

Lidya is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering and hoping to minor in Economics. She’s from Ethiopia and came to the United States for the first time to do her undergraduate studies. She speaks English and Amharic fluently. She has been involved with the Global Union since her freshman year as a work study student and she is now the GU representative for African Students’ Association(ASA). Aside from GU, Lidya is involved with the Community Service Office, Office of International Students and Scholars, and ASA. She loves dogs and hopes to travel once she’s done with her studies.

Alexandra Gonzalez

Alexandra Gonzalez

Graduate Assistant