LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI)

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General and Event Inquiries:
For teaching and program inquiries, contact Prof. Tuli Chatterji

Upcoming Events

LHI: Celebrating 5 Years of Transformative Impact and Growth

Part of the Office of Global and Experiential Learning (GEL), LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI) is LaGuardia’s college-wide experiential learning program that focuses on global issues as addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The United Nations Academic Impact Program recognized LHI’s contributions by inviting LaGuardia to join the 1,400 institutions from 145 countries that make up the United Nations Academic Impact Program membership.

Mission Statement: LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative = Classroom to Community

As the nexus of global and experiential learning, LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative foregrounds pedagogical inquiry, civic engagement, and academic service learning by facilitating an interdisciplinary year-long college-wide inquiry of a global issue(s) as addressed by the United Nations. Through partnerships with local and global organizations, students gain access to career opportunities and professional development workshops. Ultimately students are mentored on how to translate their knowledge to advocate, educate, and support their communities.

Help LHI fundraise for LaGuardia CARES

Join us in supporting LaGuardia CARES, a vital program that provides food and essentials for LaGuardia students in need. LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative is fundraising and advocating to reach the goal of $1,000 by the end of the Spring 2024 semester.

Your donation, whether it’s $10 for meal vouchers, $25 for personal essentials, or $50 for groceries, makes a significant difference in the lives of our students. Together, let’s ensure that every student has access to the support they need to thrive academically and personally.

Annual Themes

Upcoming Opportunities

Several experiential learning activities for students are available. Please contact Prof. Tuli Chatterji or Stefania Dinu for more information.

  • Two students can represent LaGuardia on Capitol Hill in March 2025. During this fully sponsored students will participate in advocacy activities with Senators and Legislators.
  • Paid internship opportunities at Food Bank of New York City, Water for South Sudan, Barefoot College, International, and other local and global organizations.
  • Several opportunities to volunteer at community organizations and publish coursework with community partners.
  • LHI-American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) partnership provides faculty/staff with opportunities to design experiential learning research projects with an international partner. This opportunity is offered only in Fall and extends to one faculty/staff and two female students.

LHI College-Wide Committee

  • Tuli Chatterji (English)–Founder and Coordinator
  • James Caldwell (Humanities)
  • Ellen Quish (First Year Seminar)
  • Elizabeth Jardine (Library)
  • Claudette Davis (Natural Sciences)
  • Sada Jaman (Business and Technology)–Chair
  • Sandra Sze (M.C.E)
  • Dana Trusso (Humanities)
  • Anja Vojvodic (Social Sciences)
  • Rebekah Johnson (ELA)
  • Stefania Dinu (Development) – Co-Chair
  • Rocio Reynoso (ASAP Program)
  • Yacquelin Nava (CCPD)

Get Involved – Contact Us

For general and event inquiries email us at
For teaching and program inquiries email Tuli Chatterji at
For library and research support email Elizabeth Jardine at
For classroom visits and student engagement email Stefania Dinu at

LHI Partners

The United Nations Academic Impact Program
Climate Reality Campus Corps
Water for South Sudan
Make the Road
CUNY Citizenship Now
Amal Alliance
Malala Fund
Digital Girl, Inc

LaGuardia CARES Logo

Food Bank of New York
Food Coop-Western Queens
American Women for International Understanding (AWIU)

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LHI Around the World

The United Nations Academic Impact Program recognized LHI’s contributions by inviting LaGuardia to join the 1,400 institutions from 145 countries that make up the United Nations Academic Impact Program membership.

LHI Map around the World