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
Kaung Myat, President
Kaung is an international student from Myanmar, currently a rising senior studying Materials Science and Engineering and minoring in Entrepreneurship. He has travelled to over 10 countries and speaks 4 different languages. He is involved with Greek life, Break the Silence, Community Service Office, and the Baker Institute. He did Leadershape in January 2016, did a Mountaintop project, did research for a biomaterials professor and is currently working on a startup project this summer relating to promoting education in the United States. He loves reading books, playing soccer, working out and going on hiking trips during his free time. He dreams about backpacking across Europe after graduating from Lehigh, before going into his father’s fishing business.
Winnie Gu, Vice President
Winnie is a rising senior, double majoring in studio art and architecture and minoring in global studies. Winnie has been to 15 countries and lived in 4. She has been involved with the Global Union since her first year. Besides the Global Union, she also holds leadership positions in LU Diplomats as president and is involved with Greek Life, International Voices, Southeast Asia at Lehigh, and many more clubs. Winnie is also a certified English as a foreign language teacher and has taught in Thailand and China. She loves reading, creative writing, swimming, and rock climbing (although she’s not very good at it).
Maryam Khan, Vice President for Alumni Outreach
Maryam is a rising senior, majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a double minor in Computer Science and Economics. She’s been involved with the Global Union since her first year and is beyond excited to continue that tradition whilst enjoying her senior year at Lehigh! She loves to travel, is a big fan of baking (you know who to call if you have a sweet tooth!), and has a dangerous addiction to tea.
Angel Oi Yee Cheng, Graduate Assistant
Angel is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative and International Education. Prior to Lehigh, she worked at the University of Southern California – International Offices – Hong Kong and Yew Chung Education Foundation. She also interned with a UN NGO, completed educational projects in Cambodia and Indonesia, and conducted research on refugee education in Germany. Currently, she is working on her dissertation on the topic regarding partnership between the UNESCO and higher education institutions.
Julina Mam, Vice President for Graduate Student Outreach
Julina is pursuing her Master’s degree in Comparative and International Education. Having a strong passion in all forms of education, she began her professional career as an English language teacher in Cambodia prior to her journey as a Fulbright scholar in the United States. As a mentor, she involved in a SEALNet (Southeast Asian Service Leadership Network) project promoting individuality among LGBTQ youths in Vietnam. She is also an active member of LMI PCSL CoP (Lower Mekong Initiative Professional Communication Skills for Leaders Community of Practice). She loves creative writing, photography, and many other forms of art. One of her dreams involve utilizing education to maximize learners’ potentials and to facilitate them in discovering their creativity. She believes in the power of open mind and is willing to explore new dreams and possibilities every day.
Jessica Lu, Secretary
Jessica is a rising sophomore who is planning to declare her major in international relations and economics with a minor in Spanish. She was a part of GU’s ambassadors program her first year at Lehigh. Asides from the Global Union, she is an orientation leader for the OFYE and a member of the Global Citizenship Program at Lehigh which is traveling to Iceland this coming January. Jessica is fluent in Mandarin and is working on improving her Spanish skills. She hopes to continue to travel more and perhaps study abroad in a Spanish speaking country during her time at Lehigh. In addition she loves reading, baking (macaroons), and watching baseball (NY Yankees).
Angie Rizzo, Vice President for Internal Programming
Angie likes to consider herself as a Lehigh Valley local who has gone global. A senior Global Studies major, she has gone abroad several times, served as the GlobaLehigh gryphon and worked with numerous international clubs on campus. Angie was first involved with the Global Union as an ambassador her first year. She has also served two positions on the Executive Board and was first exposed to the Global Union as a GlobaLehigh participant.
Miriam Soriano Gregorio, Vice President for Member Programming
Miriam is a third-year student with a double major in Business Information Systems and Finance as well as a minor in Asian Studies. Fluent in both English and Spanish, she is currently learning Korean. Aside from the Global Union, Miriam is also involved with F-Stop, Conversation Partners, and is a member of the LU Diplomats Executive Board. She loves event planning, reading, and (of course) lattes <3.
Alex Torres, Vice President of Club Relations
Alex is a third-year student majoring in Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Alex has been involved in all things global at lehigh since his very first days on campus, participating in GlobaLehigh prelusion and then going on to be a student leader for the next two years. He has also worked as a GU work study since his first year. He has gone abroad several times and enjoys experiencing new cultures and cuisine. Alex has dual citizenship with Costa Rica, and was even born there!
Paige Hapeman, Intern
Paige is currently a senior majoring in International Relations with minors in Anthropology/Sociology and Sustainable Development. She has studied abroad several times while at Lehigh through the Iacocca International Internship program to Uganda as well as the Lehigh approved International Honors Program to Uganda, India, and Brazil. She has served as the PreLUsion leader for GlobaLehigh and is currently the intern for the LU/UN partnership. Aside from the Global Union, Paige is the president of World Affairs Club and in several of the dance teams at Lehigh.