LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI)

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General and Event Inquiries:
For teaching and program inquiries, contact Prof. Tuli Chatterji (Founder-Coordinator)


Formed in 2019 and situated under the Office of Global and Experiential Learning (GEL), LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI) is a college-wide experiential learning program that focuses on global issues as addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Through partnership with local and global organizations, LHI’s high-impact pedagogical practices explore these issues in both local and global contexts, create career and scholarship opportunities for students and introduces them to professional development workshops. Ultimately students are mentored on how to translate their knowledge to advocate, educate, and support their communities. LHI addresses all General Education core competencies and communication abilities.

Ninety-six courses have incorporated LHI in their curriculum since its inception. LHI’s work has been acknowledged by the United Nations Academic Impact program, Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate and Vice President Al Gore, among others.

Resources: LHI Library Research Guide

LHI has created a guide to help faculty prepare to teach about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the issues they address, as well as guide students to useful materials for their research assignments. Including both authoritative web resources and library collections, the resources in the LibGuide support exploration and research of UN SDGs at local, national, and global levels. The guide can also help with finding data and statistics from around the world on global issues such as poverty, climate change, hunger, and related topics and includes tips on getting started with library research.


LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI) is partnering with American Women for International Understanding and are looking for anyone interested in mentoring a project in Fall 2024 or next Academic Year 2024-2025. It could be a staff or a faculty working with 2-3 students on a project from Botswana or Sri Lanka.

For more information email Prof. Tuli Chatterji at

LHI Framework: Aligning with the United Nations

Faculty are encouraged to submit their LHI projects to be included in the United Nations Academic Impact Program annual report. Click here to submit the form.

Please complete the interest form here to be contacted by a LHI committee member. Contact Prof. Tuli Chatterji or Prof. Sada Jaman for further information.

Faculty are highly encouraged to share their LHI pedagogical projects/theme(s) to be included in the United Nations Academic Impact Program annual report. Click here to submit the form.

To receive more information on

  1. How to incorporate or integrate LHI in your existing curriculum/syllabi
  2. Designing LHI assignments
  3. Submitting LHI assignments to the Learning Matters Assignment Library
  4. Creating a LHI CUNYFirst Marker to your course, and/or for any additional queries please email Tuli Chatterji at

LaGuardia’s Library can support faculty and students in finding information and data around LHI’s yearly theme and UN Sustainable Goal. Consult our LHI Research Guide or contact Librarian Elizabeth Jardine at for further assistance.

To schedule classroom visits, contact Stefania Dinu at

Please complete the interest form here to be contacted by a LHI committee member.

Faculty Leading LHI Projects


Ellen QuishFirst-Year Seminar
Dana TrussoHumanities
Poppy SlocumHumanities
Nancy BandieraHumanities
Thomas DempseyHumanities
Kevin McNealHumanities
Lisa DeSpainHumanities
Maureen DrennanHumanities
Lidiya KanHumanities
Beto O’Byrne 
Olivera StankovicHumanities
Sada JamanBusiness and Technology
Avis Anderson 
Marie HanlonBusiness and Technology
Tuli ChatterjiEnglish
Lilla TokeEnglish
Caron KnauerEnglish
Lara KattekolaEnglish
Christine MarksEnglish
Rochell IsaacEnglish
Rochelle Spencer 
Carlos HiraldoEnglish
Olga AksakalovaEnglish
Anja VojvodicSocial Science
Daniel HermanSocial Science
Nichole ShippenSocial Science
Alice Baldwin-JonesSocial Sciences
Claudette DavisNatural Sciences
Christopher FarleyNatural Sciences
Marina KlebanovNatural Sciences
Sandra SzeM.E.C
Kyoko ToyamaCounseling/Academic Advisement
Martina ClarkCollege Discovery
Caterina AlmendralEducation and Language Acquisition
Michele De Goeas-maloneEducation and Language Acquisition
Rebekah JohnsonELA
Molly RosnerLaGuardia and Wagner Archives
Marianna KokkinakiHealth Sciences
Marek PenaACE/TELC
Heather BarikmoThe English Language Center
Gabriel Skop 
Alex PenceThe English Language Center
Craig ClarkeThe English Language Center

Classroom Learning/Inclusive Pedagogy (Led by Faculty)


Research Guide

  • Dana Trusso (Humanities)
  • Sada Jaman (Business and Accounting)
  • Tuli Chatterji, Rochell Isaac, Rochelle Spencer (English)
  • Anja Vojvodic, Alice Baldwin-Jones (Social Sciences)
  • Claudette Davis, Christopher Farley, Marina Klebanov (Natural Sciences)
  • Sandra Sze (M.E.C)
  • Kyoko Toyama (College Discovery)
  • Sada Jaman (Business and Technology)
  • Rebekah Johnson (ELA)

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4

  • Dana Trusso, Poppy Slocum, Nancy Bandiera, Thomas Dempsey, Kevin McNeal, Lisa DeSpain (Humanities)
  • Sada Hye Jaman, Avis Anderson (Business and Accounting)
  • Mary Ryan (ELA)
  • Martina Clark (College Now)
  • Ellen Quish (First-Year Seminar)
  • Anja Vojvodic, Nicholle Shippen (Social Sciences)
  • Caron Knauer, Tuli Chatterji (English)
  • Kyoko Toyama (College Discovery Program)
  • Molly Rosner (LaGuardia and Wagner Archives)

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16

  • Caterina Almendral, Michele De Goeas-malone, Maureen Drennan, Lidiya Kan, Beto O’Byrne, Olivera Stankovic (Humanities)
  • Avis Anderson, Sada Hye Jaman, Marie Hanlon (Business and Accounting)
  • Kyoko Toyama (College Discovery Program)
  • Caron Knauer, Carlos Hiraldo, Tuli Chatterji, Olga Aksakalova (English)
  • Marianna Kokkinaki (Health Sciences)
  • Molly Rosner (Wagner Archives)
  • Daniel Herman, Nichole Shippen, Ryan Mann-Hamilton, Julie Weinstein (Social Sciences)
  • Marek Pena, Healther Barikmo, Gabriel Skop, Alex Pence, and Craig Clarke (ACE/TELC)

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6

  • Lilla Toke, Olga Aksakalova,Caron Knauer, Lara Kattekola, Christine Marks,Tuli Chatterji (English)
  • Kyoko Toyama (College Discovery)

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
For SOAR Experiential Learning Program information, email