Nor Luyce – Lehigh Coopertion 

As a United Nations certified NGO, Nor Luyce signed an agreement with Lehigh University. The agreement allows Nor Luyce to partner with high-achieving Lehigh students who have the privilege and responsibility of serving as fully-accredited representatives on behalf of the NGO at United Nations headquarters.  

Whitney Szmodis

Whitney Szmodis is the Assistant Director of Fellowship Advising and United Nations Programs, and Director of the Lehigh University-United Nations Youth Representative Program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She also serves as a representative to the United Nations on behalf of Lehigh University. The objectives of the LU/UN Youth Representative program are to build and sustain partnerships with UN-accredited NGOs that share in our core values and mission both at Lehigh and at the United Nations. Whitney works with NGOs on five continents and focuses on issues related to environmental sustainability, gender equality, health, social justice, and youth empowerment. Prior to taking this position, Whitney was the Director of Global Citizenship at Lehigh. Her research interests focus on social cognitive factors that impact girls’ and women’s career aspirations. She has also worked extensively in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on gender equality and education in Cambodia. 

Marissa is from Knoxville, Tennessee. She is a joint major in International Relations and Economics at Lehigh with a minor in Spanish and loves to dance in her free time. She is a UN Youth Representative and Assistant Research Intern for Nor Luyce. She represents Nor Luyce and spreads our goal of empowering young women on a variety of different platforms. She has been doing research to discover the most successful mentoring techniques and how to implement them as well as creating evaluations to assess the progress of the Nor Luyce mentees and mentors. Marissa strives to continue educating herself and others about the pressing issues young girls face.

Marissa Hastings

Jacqueline Fales

Jacqueline Fales is from Old Tappan, New Jersey.  She is a Sociology major, with a minor in Writing.  Jacqueline is also enrolled in the 5-year teaching master’s program at Lehigh University. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and running. Jacqueline’s role as a Youth Representative and Assistant Research Intern for Nor Luyce has thus far been an enlightening experience, as she has learned so much about the mentors, mentees, and the program itself..  Through conducting research, she has learned how an effective mentoring program operates and she has helped put together surveys to examine other aspects of the mentee’s lives, like bullying and safety.   Jacqueline is devoted to continue to learn how to empower other women, and to learn other ways in which she can make an impact upon the young women participating in Nor Luyce program. Growing up in an Armenian Family, she has previously visited Armenia, where the program is based, and hopes to one day also meet the young women enrolled in the program, face to face.

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