Meet Lala Kumakura and Amy Desmarais: UN NGO Youth Representatives

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Hello, I’m Lala Kumakura and I am one of the newly designated Fordham NGO Youth Representatives at the UN for the 2016-2017 academic year. I am a sophomore at Fordham College at Rose Hill, majoring in International Studies and double minoring in International Humanitarian Affairs and Spanish. I was born in Brazil and lived in Japan, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, and now the United States. Currently in my seventh year of engaging in Model UN, I’m the president of Fordham Model UN on the Rose Hill campus. Most recently, I spent my summer in Best Delegate’s Diplomacy Fellowship, teaching Model UN to high school and middle school students at Georgetown University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. I continue to work with Best Delegate as Editor of Model United Nations Institute (MUNI) Alumni.

Through this experience, I aim to learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically goals 1, 4 and 5. With António Guterres as the new Secretary-General, I hope to see continuous action towards the 17 goals. I will work to strengthen the UN-Fordham partnership by promoting UN events to Fordham students and networking with diplomats to invite them to Fordham. I am really looking forward to this upcoming year with Fordham University Impact Initiative and the Department of Public Information!


Amy Desmarais is a senior at Fordham College Rose Hill studying International Humanitarian Affairs, French, and Arabic. She is currently working on her thesis about the United States policy in regard to Syrian refugees, and is enjoying her research and field work at the UN. Amy volunteers at St. Rita’s Immigrant and Refugee Center teaching English to a beginner class, and she tutors other Fordham students on campus. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, doing yoga, and cooking.