Global Union
GU's official logo
Abbreviation GU
Recognition 1997
Type Major Student Organizations
President Lacey Cook
Advisor Shawna Szabo

Global Union is the largest multicultural student organization at RIT. Formed in 1997 by Venezuelan student Nicolás Rubio, Global Union has grown significantly over the past years to become one of the most recognizable organizations on campus. [1]

About Us

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Global Union is a Major Student Organization (MSO) that represents the International students and numerous cultural organizations at RIT. By hosting several events and programs throughout the year, the RIT Global Union hopes to better connect with its constituency in addition to informing and serving the RIT and greater Rochester community.


  1. To promote understanding of diversity and develop a strong multicultural movement within the community.
  2. To create awareness of global and international issues among all members of the community.
  3. To provide a platform for expression for the International and minority communities of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  4. To represent the interests and concerns of all its members before the Rochester Institute of Technology Student Government.
  5. To encourage union, interaction, and understanding among all the different ethnic groups who converge at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  6. To provide leadership and facilitate communication, cooperation, networking, and mutual support among its affiliates.


As Global Union's signature event, Unification is the biggest cultural show at RIT. Unification is essentially a contest between the cultural organizations affiliated with Global Union. Each organizations puts on a performance that both educates and entertains the audience about the organization's culture. Past performances have included dances, skits, fashion shows, and singing. At the end of the show, the judges will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Unification is currently one of the main events for Freeze Fest weekend and exhibits the best of what RIT’s multicultural organizations have to offer while ultimately highlighting the diversity inherent in the university’s culture.

Executive Board

  • President - Lacey Cook
  • Vice President - Dervent Wright
  • Director of Finance - Hyun Won
  • Director of Internal Relations - Shehan Jayasekera
  • Director of Programming - Karen Blanco
  • Director of Marketing - Melanie Kim
  • Webmaster - Ashraf Wan
  • International Student Liaison - Aflah Hanafiah
  • NTID Student Liaison - Charles Hem

Past Events

  • Halloween Blowout
  • Unification
  • New International Students Meet-and-Greet
  • Cultural Bites
  • Grass Root Soccer
  • Snack Packs
  • ImagineRIT


Asian Culture Society Malaysian Student Association
Asian Deaf Club Muslim Student Association
Capoiera Mandinga Native American Student Association
Caribbean Student Association Organization for the Alliance of Students from the Indian Subcontinent
Chinese Culture Club Organization of African Students
Deaf International Student Association RIT Bhangra
International House RIT Storytellers
Latin American Deaf Club RIT UNICEF
Latin American Student Association Russian Club
Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Taiwanese Culture Association
Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Unity House
Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity The Wells Project

External links

  1. SG Major Student Organizations