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

Global Union Executive Board

Julia Wilczynski

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Hometown: Warren, New Jersey

Year: Class of 2025

Role: President

Julia is a second-year undergraduate student studying international relations and political science with a minor in business. After serving as the Vice President of Club Relations for the Global Union in her first year, Julia is eager to lead an organization that has provided her with so many opportunities and a space to pursue her passion for international education. Julia values creating a safe space for Lehigh students to be proud of their culture and she strives to foster a coalition of both domestic and international students. Julia is fluent in Polish and Spanish and intends to learn a new language within the coming years. Along with the Global Union, Julia is also Vice President of Programming for the World Affairs Club, is a Research Assistant for the International Relations Department, and was an Orientation Leader for the Office of First-Year-Experience. Julia hopes to facilitate an inclusive community of students and member clubs through strategic programming and events.

Alicia Zhang

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Hometown: Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Year: Class of 2025

Role: Vice President

Alicia is a sophomore at the School of Business, currently declared as a finance major. She is from Nazareth, PA, which is around 30 minutes away. As an admirer of the outdoors, in her free time she enjoys going out running, hiking, and fishing among other activities. Her parents went to Lehigh as international students, and because of that, she is very aware of the struggles international students face getting acclimated to living in a different country while focusing on their studies. With the Global Union, Alicia hopes to help create a truly inclusive Lehigh for both international and domestic students in her role as Vice President.

Chioma Chigozie-Okwum

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Hometown: Imo State, Nigeria

Year: Grad Class of 2027

Role: Vice President of Graduate Student Outreach

Chioma is a resourceful individual usually referred to as a “social butterfly”  among her peers. She is a promoter of inclusion, diversity and lifelong learning; she supports and champions these causes. Passionate about globalization, Chioma traveled over 5,000 miles from Nigeria to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to pursue a Doctorate Degree in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Her area of research is exploring the intersection between Cybersecurity, Human Computer Interaction and Psychology; to solve the endemic human factor Security Issues plaguing cyberspace today. Chioma works as a Research Assistant in the Digital, Algorithm and Society Lab, a Research Lab committed to Human Computer Interactions and Participatory Design Research and Development, within the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science.

As the Vice President for Global Union Graduate Students Outreach, Chioma works with the various Graduate Student Clubs and the Graduate Student Senate to ensure that both Domestic and International Graduate Students at the Lehigh University experience the world across cultures.

Hongyu "Hanna" Chen

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Hometown - Chongquing, China

Year - Gr. Class of 2025

Role: Vice President of Internal Affairs


Hanna Chen is a sophomore studying in the College of Business. She is serving as VP for Internal Affairs this year. She’s responsible for recording official minutes of E-board and member club meetings, and obtaining and updating accurate information for all member clubs. She's also in charge of managing social media, marketing and finances. Last year, she worked with other Ambassadors and planned fun cultural night events and she’s looking forward to working with the amazing E-board this year! She will continue to create a supportive and inclusive community for international students and domestic students, helping international students at Lehigh represent and share their cultures and helping domestic students embracing other cultures, bridging the culture biases and differences. Furthermore, she hopes to bring more Chinese culture to the campus and make diversity alive at Lehigh.
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Omogolo "Bishop" Pikinini

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Hometown: Shakawe, Botswana
Year: Class of 2023
 Role: Vice-President of Club Relations

Bishop is an artistic and creative individual interested in multiple disciplines and fields of knowledge. He likes solving real life problems using unorthodox and integrated approaches. He uses art, science, philosophy and real life experiences to come up with human centered business and leadership models. Bishop is also a professional life coach and music writer. He's always curious and eager to learn about other cultures and experiences. The Global Union has been his home for the last few years at Lehigh and a big part of his Lehigh University experience.
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Amy Liao

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Hometown: New York, USA

Year: Class of 2025

Role: Vice President of Internal Programs

Amy is serving at the VP on Internal Programs and the head of the GU Ambassador program. She intends to major in marketing with a minor in design. The world is made of so many diverse areas, and within each area consists many unique cultures and people. She hopes to spread and expose these cultures to people who have never experienced them before or know little about them. Amy values diversity and inclusion and the added value it brings to a community. She is excited to work with the Global Union to strengthen the bonds between cultures at Lehigh.