The theme for this year’s Opening Sessions is Learning Across Difference.
LaGuardia Community College embraces diversity to serve students from around the city and around the world, many of whom face an array of obstacles in their efforts to receive quality higher education. Political, economic, and social changes continually bring renewed focus on the full range of our students’ needs. Recent events have particularly highlighted the need for respectful and critical discourse that bridges divides while acknowledging the difficulties of immigration, financial hardship, neglect, abuse, racism, sexism, religious bias, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, and other forms of marginalization and injustice. The LaGuardia community seeks to create a broad community that nurtures a sense of belongingness and presents multiple paths to academic success as reflected in our mission statement:
LaGuardia Community College’s mission is to educate and graduate one of the most diverse student populations in the country to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens who help to shape a rapidly evolving society.
The college’s articulation of core values and core competencies has the potential to help us find unity through learning, mutual responsibility, and persistent innovation. We strive to celebrate and understand the richness of our community while bridging differences to build solidarity. Numerous initiatives within and across programs and departments seek to transform ideology and lived experience into a meaningful education that harnesses multiple abilities and interests. Let us share and improve upon our efforts to build our community as we consider how we can learn across our differences.