Lamara Warren, the assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, will be part of the 17th annual Delta Days at the United Nations March 25-26.
The theme of this year’s event, “Power in Our Voice: Women Leading from Margin to Center,” aims to accelerate action on the international policy agenda of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority by identifying strategies for bringing women and girls from the margins to the center of the discourse and action for gender equality. It will highlight the Sorority’s journey and impact from past to present through advocacy, policy, programs, and partnerships to empower women and girls and achieve gender equality for generations to come.
Warren is a member of a project team that worked with the Delta Days at the United Nations Subcommittee (DDUN) of the National Social Action Commission to develop an international policy agenda focused on the status of women and children worldwide, with a primary focus on Black people globally.
“The benefits of having an opportunity to present to the United Nations are multifaceted,” Warren said. “This project helped me develop as a social activist, understand the link between domestic and international policy, and solidify my role in advocating for social justice, specifically gender equity. It helped me rethink and reinvigorate how programs can become policies to move from individual change and impact to population change and impact.
“Additionally, this project helped me keep alive and honor the charge from the UN to Delta to use our status to monitor the status of women and children and advocate for gender equity and policy change.”
Warren, who joined Delta Sigma Theta while at the University of Missouri, will use the experience at the UN to drive future initiatives at the Luddy School.
“The project presentation can provide guidance for the Luddy School as it relates to advocacy for gender equity, discrimination against women, empowerment of women and girls, and access to quality education for women and girls,” Warren said. “The Luddy School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion will build on the guidance and assist in the goals of this project.”