Lehigh University’s United Nations Partnership recently named Emma Closter ’24 as the first-ever youth representative from the College of Health.
Youth representatives work with non-governmental organizations across six continents and focus on issues including gender equality and justice, global health, international peace, and sustainability of cities and communities.
Closter is studying population health as part of the inaugural class of the College of Health (COH). She is interested in health policy and how political systems influence decisions, and she is eager to understand how and why policies vary so greatly among countries and cities. Some of her other interests include the delivery of health information, as well as the digital and technology side of health.
Since starting her studies, Closter said that she’s learned a lot about the role of international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization. She appreciates their impact on global health, and after hearing about the youth representative program, she wanted to get more involved.