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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

Kathy Doan

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Hometown: San Diego, California

Year: Class of 2021

Kathy is double majoring in Health, Medicine and Society and Sociology, with a minor in Marketing. With her experience and memories of planning the International Bazaar in the past, she hopes to make a stronger impact on the Lehigh community by being a part of the Global Union! Apart from her involvement with the GU, she is also a part of the F1RST Club, International Business Club, and a mentor for the Peer Scholars Program. She’s excited to continue her involvement in representing diversity and inclusion at Lehigh!

Mukhammaddiyor (Diyor) Irismetov

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Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Year: Class of 2021

Diyor is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He is an Admissions Fellow and Event Coordinator for the Admissions Ambassadors on campus. He also has been involved in the GU through his three years as a Chair in the International Bazaar and as the GU representative for the Lehigh International Business Club. Coming from a diverse culture myself, he is excited to be a part of a union that represents all of the beautiful cultures here on campus.

Emily (Em) Thampoe

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Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Year: Class of 2021

Em is double majoring in Journalism and Health, Medicine, and Society. She first got involved with international life on campus through participating as an International Orientation leader and really enjoyed the experiences she had both years. After one year in the Global Union as the Vice President for Internal Programming, she is excited to continue supporting cultural education on campus as President. As the child of two Sri Lankan immigrants, she highly values learning about the cultures of others. She believes that it is both important and fun to do so. Asides from being involved with the GU, she is a Community Engagement Editor for the Brown and White, a staff member of The Center for Gender Equity, and a member of the University Choir. She is excited to do work with the Global Union and our member clubs for another year and look forward to seeing what we accomplish!

Valentina (Tina) Patrick

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Hometown: Chennai, India

Year: Class of 2021

Tina is majoring in Biology and minoring in Health, Medicine and Society. She loves to learn about different cultures from across the world, and the Global Union has helped her realize that passion through the various showcases and culture nights it has hosted and organized these past few years, and she feels this has really enriched her Lehigh experience. She has been involved in the International Bazaar, South Asian Students Association, and Leela, to name a few of her memorable experiences at Lehigh. She is excited to be Vice President of Graduate Student Outreach for this upcoming academic year and work with the GU to achieve its goals and to maintain its tradition of fostering a diverse global community. 

Vicki Jagdeo

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Hometown: New York, New York

Year: Class of 2021

Vicki is majoring in Earth and Environmental Science and minoring in International Relations. She has been working with the GU for three years now, previously as a GU Ambassador and as Vice President. She is excited to continue on as Vice President and for the programming and collaborations for this upcoming year. Aside from the GU, she is involved as the President of Lehigh Immigration Coalition and is a LUSSI student guide. Through her campus involvement, she hopes to serve as a strong leader and to influence the diverse and changing campus community.

Omogolo (Bishop) Pikinini

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Hometown: Shakawe, Botswana

Year: Class of 2023

Bishop is in the Arts Engineering program and is currently undecided. He is excited to continue his service in the GU following a great experience as a GU Ambassador in the previous year. He is a member of the African Students Association, the Lehigh Men's Volleyball team, and a few clubs on campus. He has taken part in the Lehigh-UN partnership programs as a delegate. He is a poet and musician as well as a certified life Coach and motivational speaker/writer. One of his main attractions to Lehigh as an International student was its emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and through the GU he intends to jealousy protect and promote those values.

Alexander (Alex) Torres

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Hometown: Frederick, Maryland

Year: Class of 2021

Alex is majoring in International Relations. He first got involved with the GU his freshman year and has been a part of it in many capacities since including as Vice President of Internal Affairs and Club Relations.  He is thrilled to continue to have a role in the GU and to be a part of such a pivotal organization in his Lehigh career. Alex wants to give back to the community through his work with the GU as the semester progresses with the complex issue of COVID-19 and providing a voice to its members.