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.
On behalf of the Fall 2021 Opening Sessions committee, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Opening session will be a virtual event held on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Building on the success of the 2020 Fall Opening Sessions, the college will continue to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary of being a leader in public education. In addition, we would like to present an opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in a meaningful dialogue of community exploration on pedagogical best practices, evidence-based practices on teaching and learning, cutting-edge ideas, and action plans that have been reflected in our 50 years of innovation, excellence, and ingenuity as we build a future for our community, students, faculty, and staff.
Tameka Battle, Co-chair Health Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org Deema Bayrakdar, Co-Chair The Women's Center and LGBTQIA Safe Zone Hub email@example.com David Stott, Co-Chair Humanities firstname.lastname@example.org Faith Armstrong Health Sciences email@example.com Jennifer Arroyo Business & Technology firstname.lastname@example.org Darren Barany Social Science email@example.com Lara Beaty Social Science firstname.lastname@example.org Sorin Cucu English email@example.com Jasmine Edwards Health Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org Nathan Hosannah Math, Engineering & Computer Science email@example.com Alexandra Rojas Library firstname.lastname@example.org Donna Siergie-Munsey Health Sciences email@example.com May Tom Health Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org
Karren Liebert Health Sciences email@example.com Christopher McHale Library firstname.lastname@example.org Deborah McMillan-Coddington Health Sciences email@example.com Howard Motoike Natural Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org Wendy Nicholson, Co-chair Student Placement Services email@example.com Cristina Natale Business Office/Finance Operations firstname.lastname@example.org Bindu Pillai Business & Technology email@example.com Holly Porter-Morgan Natural Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org Ellen Quish Center for Teaching & Learning email@example.com Joan Rizzo Health Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org Jason Schafer Humanities email@example.com Midas Tsai Natural Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org
For special accommodations, including ASL interpreters, please contact Tameka Battle at email@example.com or Deema Bayrakdar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that requests must be made at least one week prior to the event.