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LHI Showcase Ceremony

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    On June 8th LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative celebrated the pedagogical, experiential, and community outreach projects of its 2020-2021 theme of “Borders, Home, and Migration” (United Nations Sustainable Goal 16). Students, staff, and faculty presenters from 7 programs/departments shared their experiences and showcased their work in front of the college community. The event commenced with a slideshow video of last year’s project that led to rehabilitating water wells and sponsoring educational workshops in South Sudan. After the opening note from Provost Dr. Paul Arcario, the Showcase highlighted pedagogical projects (Education Language Acquisition department, Humanities/Photography department, and Business and Accounting department) followed by “classroom voices” from student representatives across 5 departments. The experiences of interns, volunteers and fundraisers highlighted the vision of LHI as students shared their stories on how they translated their lived experiences, skills, and classroom learning to support our local and global communities, that included tutoring at LaGuardia’s Center for Immigrant Education and Training, volunteering at NY NGO Make the Road and fundraising for both Make the Road and global NGO, Amal Alliance. Students focused on how fundraising for Amal helped them gain awareness on Rohingya refugee crisis and the need to support the education of the Rohingya refugee children in the camps in Bangladesh. The event concluded with closing remarks from Assistant Dean of Student Success, Dr. Ramon De Los Santos and the recognition of outstanding achievers of LHI 2020-2021 project.

    LHI encourages inter-college collaboration with the common vision of supporting our students and their communities. For more information on LaGuardia Humanitarian Initiative and ways to get involved please email us at


    Masters of Ceremony- Zack Bernsen, Salwa Quhshi, Youssra Ibaaquil

    Provost and Senior VP of Academic Affair- Dr. Paul Acario

    Global Partner: Amal AllianceEducation Language Acquisition Department-Prof. Caterina Almendral & Prof. Michele de Goes-Malone

    Focus: Migration, Homes and Borders in NYC: An Archival and Photographic Project-Prof. Maureen Drennan and Prof. Lidiya Kan, Photography Department in collaboration with Dr. Molly Rosner, Wagner ArchivesMaylyn Iglesias,Shoshanna Soleyn,Rene Sing Brooks,Jeremy Orozco

    Business Department-Prof. Sada Hye Jaman,Prof. Avis Anderson

    STUDENT VOICES Educational Engagement-Rayya Tabina,Molly Reynolds, Azahara Borrajo, Samantha Moura, Ivana Mikic

    STUDENTS IN ACTION Career Development Volunteer & Fundraising – Pema Dolkar, Kamilah Mitchell Shamari Ridley,Marcus Sampson,Asma Akhter,Dayana Moreno,Chia Ying Kang,Kadneshia Davis-Nelson

    Assistant Dean for Student Success-Ramon De Los Santos

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