• LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative (LHI)

    Overview: LHI, LaGuardia’s Experiential Learning initiative, foregrounds the connection between classroom learning and civic engagement 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 come together to fulfill the missions and goals of LaGuardia Community College, i.e., becoming socially responsible global citizens. In addition, LHI projects attend to and support the diverse lived experiences of students by providing them with opportunities to design, deliver, and translate their classroom knowledge and lived experiences through an active partnership with peers, faculty, and staff at LaGuardia, as well as with members and administration of partnering non-profit organizations.





  • Themes

    • 2021-2022 Theme: "Encouraging and Empowering Through Education” (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4)
    • 2020-2021 Theme: “Borders, Home, and Migration” (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16)
    • 2019-2020 Theme: “Clean Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation” (United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6)





  • 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



  • Spring Calendar of Events


    • ORIENTATION: March 30, Wednesday, 2-3 p.m.
    • RAISING AWARENESS: April 26, Tuesday, 1-2 p.m.
    • ACTION MONTH WORKSHOPS:
      • May 9, Monday, 2-3 p.m. – Digital Marketing
      • May 17, Tuesday, 1-2 p.m. – Fundraising Strategies
      • May 25, Wednesday, 3-4 p.m. – Educating Others
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    Spring 2022 Faculty


    • Dana Trusso, Nancy Bandiera, Thomas Dempsey, Kevin McNeal, Lisa DeSpain, Maureen Drennan, Lidiya Kan (Humanities)
    • Sada Jaman (Business and Accounting)
    • Tuli Chatterji, Jesse Schwartz (English)
    • Ellen Quish (First-Year Seminar)
    • Anja Vojvodic, Nichole Shippen (Social Sciences)
    • Kyoko Toyama (College Discovery Program)
    • Martina C Clark (College Now)
    • Mary Ryan (ELA)
    • Molly Rosner (LaGuardia and Wagner Archives)



  • Mission Statement: LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative is an inclusive platform for students, faculty, and staff foregrounding 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 NGOs, 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. 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 non-profit organizations.





  • LHI College-Wide Committee


    Faculty


    • Tuli Chatterji (English)–Founder and Chair
    • Ellen Quish (First Year Seminar)
    • Elizabeth Jardine (Library)
    • Claudette Davis (Natural Sciences)
    • Dana Trusso (Humanities)
    • Sada Jaman (Business and Accounting)

    Staff


    • Stefania Dinu (ASAP Program)
    • Rocio Reynoso (ASAP Program)
    • Esther Rosa (ASAP Program)
    • Alice Wong (ASAP Program)
    • Madelyn Nieves (ASAP Program)
    • Yacquelin Nava (CCPD/CUNY Service Corps Program)
    • Deema Bayrakdar (Women’s Center)




  • Highlights


    Impact since 2020 to present


    • Courses involved: 40+
    • LHI sponsored the rehabilitation of a water well that provided access to clean water to 500+ villagers in the Wau State in South Sudan during COVID. The well is named after LaGuardia
    • LHI sponsored 3 educational workshops that benefited 1950+ villagers in South Sudan during COVID-19
    • Internships offered: 7
    • Volunteering opportunities: 16
    • 2 youths sponsored in a summer internship program at Make the Road;
    • LaGuardia Education students (mentor Dr. Caterina Almendral, ELA) revised lesson script maps and dialogues for Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh camps
    • Fundraised $8000 to support partnering organizations
    • 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
    • LaGuardia is the first CUNY campus and first community college in the United States to become a member of the global organization, Climate Reality Project, founded by Nobel Laureate and Vice President Al Gore

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    In 2021 the United Nations Academic Impact Program (UNAI) acknowledged LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative’s contribution to global learning and global awareness by welcoming LaGuardia Community College to join 1,400 institutions from 145 countries in becoming an United Nations Academic Impact Program (UNAI) member.


    For questions contact Stefania Dinu (ASAP, sdinu@lagcc.cuny.edu) and Thomas Cleary (Library, tcleary@lagcc.cuny.edu)

    News


    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 will be 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.
    For more information email Kevin Mark at kmark@lagcc.cuny.edu






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  • Project Outcomes


    A. Institutional Impact:

    2020–2021


    LaGuardia became a member of the United Nations Academic Impact Program on May 20, 2021.
    Check the highlights of 2020-2021


    2019–2020


    LaGuardia sponsored 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 sponsored 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.
    To hear from Water for South Sudan’s founder Salva Dut, scroll down.


    Global Impact


    LaGuardia partnered with Global NGO Amal Alliance.

    1. LaGuardia students Pema Dolkar (International Studies), Erika Schuck (Business and Accounting), Keisha McKenzie (Business and Accounting) were awarded internship positions at Amal.
    2. 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)
    3. 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.

    Local Impact
    1. LaGuardia students volunteered at NY NGO, Make the Road
    2. LaGuardia sponsored the summer internship positions for two youth at Make the Road’s Summer Youth Action Program.
    3. 60 LaGuardia students volunteered 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.




    B. Higher Educational Impact




  • Support Our Fundraising Efforts


  • Malala Fund


    Your support will sponsor Malala Fund programs that will help girls around the world go to school — from creating safe spaces for girls in northern Nigeria to training young Pakistani women as activists and providing STEM education to Syrian refugees.




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    Amal Alliance


    LHI is excited to partner with Amal Alliance to raise funds for Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh whose education has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Amal Alliance empowers displaced children through holistic social development and educational programming around the globe.



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    Make the Road NY


    Every year MTR hosts a Summer Youth Action Program, an internship experience, that provides students with an opportunity to gain specific skills to initiate change in their local communities and society at large. Please join LaGuardia Community College to help sponsor 2 youth for the 2021 Summer Youth Action Program and witness the change



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    Water for South Sudan


    LaGuardia’s collaboration with the non-profit international organization Water for South Sudan helped the villagers in Wau, South Sudan, receive access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation to combat COVID-19.


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    The project was LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative’s attempt to address global inequality, raise awareness among the LaGuardia community on the issue of global water crisis, help the LaGuardia community to reflect on its privilege of taking “water” for granted, and provide access to clean water to the villagers in South Sudan during the pandemic.

    The LHI fundraising project aimed to:

    • help the South Sudanese community combat water crisis in the region so that they would no longer have to fight against fatal water-borne diseases;
    • give access to clean water so that girls can attend schools as they would then no longer have to walk for miles to fetch water for their families, and
    • provide hygiene and sanitation to the villagers which will soon include building infrastructure such as solar power systems that would be connected to the villages.



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