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Expanding Horizons

Dan Coviello ’13 recently spoke at a United Nations symposium on volunteerism and the role of young people in effecting global change. This opportunity came about through Lehigh’s United Nations Partnership, which provides students, faculty and staff with a link to the UN. Lehigh is one of the few universities recognized by the UN as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). This status enables Lehigh to send students to UN conferences and private briefings, offer UN internships at NGO offices worldwide, and host ambassadors and other UN delegates on campus. Coviello, an engineering student, became involved with the UN Partnership through an international service trip to Antigua arranged by Lehigh’s Community Service Office and Global Union. “We were able to set up a meeting with the sole environmental NGO in Antigua,” he says. “We’re helping them become accredited with the UN so they can access more resources.”