• Support the New Americans Fund

    The LaGuardia Community College Foundation Board of Directors created the New Americans Fund to help our highly-motivated immigrant students stay in school and remain on the path to graduation.

    The Fund provides tuition support and emergency funds for students facing a financial crisis, in the form of MetroCards, and money for textbooks or other essentials or unexpected living expenses. Additionally, the Fund provides access to critical services, including career skills training and resources to help immigrant students and their families to navigate ever-changing immigration policies.

    LaGuardia’s immigrant students are hardworking, have tremendous grit, and are determined to succeed. Let’s ensure their college education is not sacrificed, and give them a shot at the American dream. Please support the New Americans Fund.




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  • Our Students


    LaGuardia’s long standing commitment to welcoming, protecting and supporting our students, regardless of immigration status, has not wavered since our founding. We remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and will steadfastly continue to offer a welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds.



    Immigrant students, which include undocumented and those with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status, make up over 40% of LaGuardia’s student population. They face an enormously challenging road to a college degree. They deal with incredibly complex financial and life challenges, and make countless personal sacrifices as they pursue the American dream.

    DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States before the age of 16. Although DACA does not currently provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence, it does provide temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number. Shortly after President Trump took office in 2017, he’s undertaken efforts to try to end the DACA program.


    On November 7, 2019, LaGuardia Community College Interim President Paul Arcario and LaGuardia Rising, a volunteer committee made up of faculty, staff and students committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all LaGuardia students—regardless of their immigration status, held a forum (watch video here) with three LaGuardians on the front-lines fighting for the future of DACA. They came just days before the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments (on November 12, 2019) in a landmark case that could determine the future of DACA.

    Criminal justice major Martin Batalla Vidal is lead plaintiff in Department of Homeland Security/McAleenan v. Vidal et al., the case before the Supreme Court. Antonio Alarcon (LaGuardia’15) is a co-plaintiff in the case. Ricardo Aca (LaGuardia’12) has helped to drive public support for Dreamers, as DACA-holders are known, as an organizer for the influential immigrant advocacy group Make the Road New York.

    Photo shows LaGuardia Interim President Paul Arcario with, from left to right: Ricardo Aca, Martin Batalla Vidal, and Antonio Alarcon.

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    Please stay tuned for updates.
  • Three LaGuardians who are on the front-lines fighting for the rights of immigrants




  • LaGuardia Rising

    As mentioned above, LaGuardia Rising is a volunteer committee made up of a cross-section of students, faculty, and staff who share a commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of the rights of all LaGuardia Community College students, particularly new immigrant, international, and undocumented students. Appointed by the President of the College, the Committee advises on substantive steps the college can take to:

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    Provide access to legal assistance, financial help, access to benefits and other support services for students, faculty and staff impacted by recent immigration executive orders and other actions.


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    Ensure the swift and vigorous response to any situations of harassment or intimidation, either on or off campus.





  • The committee strives to connect and coordinate relevant resources and services across the campus and in the community, so that all members of the LaGuardia community are aware of and able to access these resources and services as needed.

    New ideas and members are always welcome.
    If you want to get involved, please contact Committee Chair Caridad Munoz at
    (718) 482-5990 or
    cmunoz@lagcc.cuny.edu.




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