LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI)
LHI: Celebrating 5 Years of Transformative Impact and Growth
Mission Statement: LHI=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 a year-long college-wide inquiry of a global issue 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 classroom learning to advocate, educate, and support their communities.
About Us: LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI) aligns with the vision and praxis of the Association for Experiential Education by offering a platform for students to engage in deep learning and accomplish the goal of education; i.e., as John Dewey (1916) notes, education becomes relevant and meaningful to students only when they understand the reasons for learning the academic content.
LHI fosters institutional improvement by opening up multiple avenues for students across the college to become socially responsible global citizens. The LHI pedagogy enhances all core competencies and communication abilities within General Education. In addition, LHI projects attend to and support the diverse experiences of students by providing them with opportunities to learn, design, deliver, and translate their classroom knowledge and experiences through active partnership with peers, faculty, and staff at LaGuardia, as well as with members and administration of partnering organizations.
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 College-Wide Committee
- Tuli Chatterji (English)–Founder and Coordinator
- Ellen Quish (First Year Seminar)
- Elizabeth Jardine (Library)
- Claudette Davis (Natural Sciences)
- Sada Jaman (Business and Accounting)
- 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/CUNY Service Corps Program)
- Deema Bayrakdar (Women’s Center)
- Anabel Rivas (ASAP Program)
In Fall 2023, LHI launched its partnership with the global organization American Women for International Understanding (AWIU). Students Easter Sim (International Studies) and Palistha Manandhar (Business Administration), under the mentorship of Dr. Anja Vojvodic (Social Sciences), were recruited by AWIU’s pioneering Passport Program, which offers opportunities for college-age women to partner with international NGOs to provide research and support for the organizations’ missions. The students researched new curriculum ideas for elementary school students in a rural school in Nepal and they interviewed the school’s Director, Prakash Bista, as part of their work. This culminated in the paper “Curriculum Ideas for Elementary School Children in Nepal: Focus on Learning Through Play.” Easter and Palistha presented their research at the AWIU online showcase event on February 4th, 2024.
Congratulations Dr. Vojvodic on your commitment to furthering the global and experiential learning vision of LHI/LaGuardia as well as CUNY.
|United Nations Academic Impact Program
|Climate Reality Campus Corps
|LaGuardia becomes a member of the United Nations Academic Impact Program on May 20, 2021
In 2021 LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative launched a LaGuardia Chapter of Climate Reality Campus Corps, an Institutional Initiative of Climate Reality Project, a global organization formed by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to combat climate crisis. The Chapter is run and led by students.
LaGuardia is the first CUNY campus and the first community college in the United States to become a Climate Reality Campus Corps Chapter.
Glimpses of LHI’s impact
- 70+ courses were involved; impacted 11+ countries; fundraised $10,000+ to support both local and global communities.
- LHI’s efforts made LaGuardia the first community college in the United States to become an institutional chapter of Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to collectively advocate for environmental issues.
- Two students were sponsored by CARE International to represent LaGuardia and CARE at the Capitol Hill, DC.
- Several students volunteered and interned at local and global organizations, such as Make the Road, Digital Girl Inc, Amal Alliance.
- Two students—Bibi-Sakeena Khemraj (Biology) and Kayla Greene (New Media Technology) – were invited for an exclusive Q and A session with Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.
- Congratulations to our students Kayla Greene, Natalie Molina, Jennifer Lemos Mauldin, and Alma Rendon for being recognized by Malala Youth Action Campaign.
- ELA students revised culturally relevant lesson scripts for Rohingya refugee children in the camps in Bangladesh.
- LHI sponsored the rehabilitation of a water well and 3 educational workshops that benefited 1950+ villagers in the Wau State in South Sudan during COVID-19. The well is named after LaGuardia.
- LaGuardia became a member of the United Nations Academic Impact Program on May 20, 2021. Check the highlights of 2020-2021
- CARE partners with LaGuardia Community College to provide learning and advocacy opportunities to LaGuardia students, faculty, and staff. Click here to view the letter.
LaGuardia sponsors the rehabilitation of a water well in the Wau State in South Sudan. The rehabilitated well provided 500+ villagers with access to clean water during COVID-19.
- LaGuardia also sponsors 3 educational workshops that benefited 1950+ villagers in South Sudan. The rehabilitated well and the educational workshops are named after LaGuardia. Click here to read the letters from Water for South Sudan’s Executive Director Lynn Malooly.
- LaGuardia partners with Global NGO Amal Alliance.
- LaGuardia students Pema Dolkar (International Studies), Erika Schuck (Business and Accounting), Keisha McKenzie (Business and Accounting) were awarded internship positions at Amal.
- A cohort of ELA students revised lesson script maps and dialogues to be appropriate for early childhood aged Rohingya refugee children in the camps in Bangladesh. (Mentors Prof. Caterina Almendral and Prof. Michele de Goeas-Malone, ELA)
- LaGuardia exceeded the fundraising goal to sponsor school supplies, professional development workshops, and tech support at the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. Click here to read the letter from Amal’s Founder and Executive Director, Danielle De La Fuente.
- LaGuardia students volunteer at NY NGO, Make the Road
- LaGuardia sponsors the summer internship positions for two youth at Make the Road’s Summer Youth Action Program.
- 60 LaGuardia students volunteer at the Center for Immigrant Education and Training (ACE Program) to assist the children (Grade 1-12 of NY Public Schools) of LaGuardia student-parents with their school homework during COVID-19.
- Strengthens LaGuardia Community College General Educational Competencies.
- Meets the Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives of LaGuardia Community College 2019-2024.
- Support the vision of Middle States re-Accreditation: “Our students are well-served; society is well-served.”
Get Involved – Contact Us
For general and event inquiries email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For teaching and program inquiries email Tuli Chatterji at email@example.com
For library and research support email Elizabeth Jardine at firstname.lastname@example.org
For classroom visits and student engagement email Stefania Dinu at email@example.com