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Episode #14: Patricia Chaves '92G

Patricia Chaves '92GUnited Nations Sustainability Development Officer Patricia Chaves ’92G has devoted her life to “planting flowers” — that is, helping those around her bloom. When she’s not working to further the United Nations’ 17 Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), Chaves helps drive change in her home country of Costa Rica and make connections for Lehigh students. Learn how she thinks a single person can make a difference and what Lehigh can do to help sustain our world.




Episode Extras 

International Education Week. Lehigh’s Office of International Affairs celebrates Patricia Chaves and others like her with its Women of Global Impact series.

“I Am Change.” Fundación Monge, based in Costa Rica, trains young women in the acquisition of soft career skills for the 21st century through a variety of programs, including its Geekonia game.

Don’t Choose Extinction. A powerful video from the United Nations Development Programme. 

About the SDGs. Learn more about sustainable development at the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Opening Doors through Lehigh Partnerships. Read about the Lehigh-United Nations Partnership, which Patricia Chaves has helped to further by making connections for students, faculty, and staff.

Sustainability at Lehigh. Explore Lehigh’s commitment to sustainability and climate action. 

Alumni Networking. The Lehigh Sustainability Alliance is a group of alumni committed to bringing their experience and expertise in sustainability back to Lehigh to help shape the next generation of professionals in the field and to strengthen their professional networks. Join today.

Visit Costa Rica. Interested in visiting one of the world’s most sustainable countries? Get more information from the national tourism board.


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We are proud to feature Patricia Chaves as part of Soaring Together: Celebrating 50 Years of Lehigh Coeducation. 




Photo Gallery: Patricia Chaves '92G

Patricia Chaves at the United Nations.
Patricia Chaves regularly returns to campus to speak with students, share ideas, and partner with faculty and staff.
Joe Buck, proudly sporting his Costa Rica soccer jersey in honor of his guest, interviews Chaves via Zoom.