The objective of the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program at LaGuardia Community College is to prepare and support under-represented students to successfully complete baccalaureates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This program is a CUNY- (City University of New York) wide initiative providing LSAMP scholars at LaGuardia the opportunity to work with other scholars and faculty members at different CUNY campuses. As a result, scholars who successfully complete their academic program at LaGuardia will have a seamless transition to any of CUNY’s four-year colleges. In addition, this program addresses the critical need for Mathematics and Science Faculty members and has contributed to an increase in the number of under-represented individuals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.


1. Over 100 CUNY faculty mentors participate in LSAMP activities

2. NYC LSAMP has been awarded a five-year award ($5M from 2007-2012) to continue efforts that began in 1992 to increase the City University of New York’s annual baccalaureate degree production among underrepresented groups. LSAMP Phase IV will focus on program sustainability, intensify LSAMP activities to raise the graduation rate to 1, 500 degrees per year in the STEM disciplines by 2012.

STEM Degrees:

1. From inception, over 425 LSAMP Scholars have earned BA or Bs degrees

2. From 1992 to 2007 CUNY awarded 8872 BA or BS degrees to underrepresented minorities

3. Thirty-eight (38) current or former LSAMP Graduate Scholars are currently enrolled in doctoral programs at the Graduate Center. From 1998-2007, twenty-eight (28) LSAMP Graduate Scholars successfully completed their doctoral degrees.

(Source New York City Alliance News Volume XIV, Issue IV, October 2007