• Opening Sessions Fall 2021

    Thursday, September 2, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    THEME: 50 Years of Innovation, Excellence, & Ingenuity: Building a Bright Future Together

    COVID-19 has reshaped the ways we think about our health care, education, political, and economical institutions. In March of 2020, we had to quickly pivot our focus, resources, and energy on providing teaching, services, and support in a virtual environment. During this unprecedented time, we have experienced the continued surge in social injustices in our BIPOC communities, violence towards our AAPI communities, and the continued effects of the global pandemic (COVID-19). This “new” way of operating as an institution in higher education has revealed the strength and resiliency of LaGuardia (#laguardiastrong). As we faced a myriad of challenges during the transition, we have consistently worked hard collectively as a college to ensure student access, engagement, success.



    We invite our faculty and staff to make presentations on topics consistent with this year’s Opening Session theme.
    Priority will be given to interdepartmental or interdisciplinary collaborations. Integrated presentations whose content crosses departmental or disciplinary lines are particularly encouraged. We envision that presentations will include collaborations of faculty and staff in the following areas:
    • Student access to technology, supportive services
    • Student success
    • Technology/Online Strategies
    • Mental health support/resources for students, faculty, & staff
    • Student support
    • Addressing food and housing insecurities
    • Teaching and learning during a pandemic/dual pandemic
    • Co-curricular engagement

    We will offer four (4) concurrent zoom breakout sessions during both of the following time slots:
    • 10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • 11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    • If you would like to present during this year’s virtual Opening Sessions Fall 2021, please complete the attached proposal form and submit to Tameka Battle (tbattle@lagcc.cuny.edu) or Deema Bayrakdar (dbayrakdar@lagcc.cuny.edu) no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 18, 2021. If your proposal is selected, you will be notified by July 23, 2021. For additional information, please feel free to contact Tameka or Deema.

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