Program History


The CUNY Humanities Alliance is constantly evaluating its programs, assessing opportunities for growth, and considering ways that the program’s impact might be broadened. To conduct this work for phase 1, the CUNY Humanities Alliance, together with the Futures Initiative, engaged two postdoctoral fellows, Sujung Kim (2018-2020) and Kitana Ananda (2016-2018). Since the beginning of phase 2 in 2020, Dr. Sujung Kim has served as Research Associate for the program and continues to conduct qualitative analysis to understand the communities, processes, challenges, and impact of the CUNY Humanities Alliance. Read more.

Phase 1: 2016-2020

In its first phase, the CUNY Humanities Alliance offered a unique fellowship opportunity for 27 doctoral students at the Graduate Center to work with LaGuardia Community College master faculty and implement their newly-acquired skills to teach their own humanities classes at the community college. Specifically focusing on the humanities and humanistic social sciences, the program supported Graduate Fellows in translating their specialized doctoral research into innovative teaching methodologies that benefits all learners and, especially, students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. After receiving expert teaching preparation from community college faculty mentors and the LaGuardia Center for Teaching and Learning, the fellows taught nearly 2,000 community college students over the course of the program. A national conference in 2018 brought together nearly 300 students, faculty, and staff members from across the United States to share best practices for humanities education in community colleges. Read more.

2018 Conference

“Community College and the Future of the Humanities”
Convened by LaGuardia Community College and The Graduate Center
October 18 and 19, 2018

Community colleges are redefining the importance and centrality of the humanities to the lives of the “new majority” of students, both during their academic careers and after graduation. To explore and celebrate the role of humanities within community colleges and across the broader landscape of higher education, the CUNY Humanities Alliance hosted a special conference for college students, graduate students, faculty, and administrators in Fall 2018. This interactive, participation-focused conference featured a wide diversity of voices, perspectives and positions, with a focus on students, faculty and staff with direct experience in community colleges. Read more.

Content posted as part of the first phase of the Humanities Alliance remains accessible at

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