The gallery below showcases international virtual exchange projects that focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reducing Inequality. Please view the presentations and leave your comments/questions in this Padlet.

LIVABLE CAMPUSES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: A Comparative Study of Students Access to Open Spaces and Facilities of Physical and Mental Health at AUC (Cairo) and Guttman’s CUNY (NYC)

Description: This project engages students from AUC and CUNY to investigate the urban-health challenges facing university students when accessing spaces related to physical and mental health at AUC (Cairo) and Guttman CUNY (NYC). Using online platforms for virtual exchange, students build a comparative analysis of how spatial, social and economic inequalities in campuses are constructed similarly and/or differently in both contexts. Semi-structured interviews, questionnaires, non-participatory observation, community focused groups, photos of the built environment together with mapping and visual graphics will be used to analyze, synthesize and propose solutions. The project addresses the United Nations’ SDG10 that emphasizes the importance of reducing inequalities within and among countries.

Faculty & Institutions: Momen El-Husseiny (American University in Cairo) & Kristina Baines (Guttman) 

Student Presenters: TBD

1) Slides (Click here)
2) Recording (Click here)

presentations focused on inequality in different industries

Description: Students in the undergraduate and graduate courses were placed in cross-campus groups to visit and observe a workplace in the same industry (ex. Sales, food services, social services, education, construction, transportation). Each group analyzed their observations and examined how inequality was present in the workplace and how it might be addressed. These presentations represent a selection of the work produced by the partnership.

Faculty & Institutions: Jaouad EL HABBOUCH (Abdelmalek Essaadi University) & Alia Tyner-Mullings (Guttman)

Student Presenters: 

Nada ElAjjani, HajarJoubi, Imane, Bilal, Abid, Fatima Zohra El Alam, Amal El Haddadi, Maryam Edrissi, Kevin Martinez, Aissam Elyazidi, Anas El Bahri, Soumaya Mir El Haouari, Yasmine Bougrame, Ridwan Zakariyah, Kirk Zevol, Joshua Sang, Nada ElAjjani, Hajar Joubi

1. Inequality in Medical Occupations
2. Banks/Sales Industry
3. Services
4. Additional Presentation from Prof. El Habbouch’s class

Weaving narratives of social justice (inequalities) towards the elderly in Jordan and NYC

Natalie’s narrative includes an interview with an older adult who could not find a job due to age discrimination. Carolinne interviews focused on a female Asian and White older adults who complain about racism towards Asians and some police brutality. Shakhboz interviewed a South East Asian immigrant who discusses discrimination after 9/11. All interviewees suggested all adults should support their ideas and stand by their goals in life and respect towards older individuals in the community.

Faculty & Institutions: Deniz Gokcora (Borough of Manhattan Community College) & Mahmoud Alwidyan (Jordan University of Science and Technology)

Student Presenters:  Carolinne de Suoza, Natalie, Shakhboz Nazarov


  1. Carolinne de Suoza’s Presentation
  2. Natalie’s Presentation
  3. Shakhboz Nazarov

Students presentations

This GSAC classes concentrated on inequality.  The syllabi contained specific readings and our discussions focused on theoretical content and using it to explain aspects of inequality, e.g., income inequality, the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities.  The posters reflected various aspects of this subject matter. Professor Jaskolski and I selected three posters (described below) among the seven groups of students.  In addition to the joint classes (with the Egyptian students participating via Zoom), students used “Whats Ap,” for regular communication to discuss the various projects.

Faculty & Institutions: Suzanne Strickland (Queens College) & Tina Jaskolski (American University in Cairo)

Student Presenters:
Group 2:

Ali Abouzeid (American University of Cairo, AOC), Gasser Haytham (AOC), Arwa Maddy Ahmed (AOC), Richard Persuad (Queens College, CUNY), Josephine Lopez (Queens College, CUNY)

Group 2 explored the role of social media in spreading information that influenced the “Me Too” movement in the U.S. and in Egypt. The discussion focused on the breadth of the problem in both countries as well as the differing legal remedies adopted by both governments as a result of the “Me Too Movement.”.

Group 4:
Hana Iskander (AOC); Haneen Mohamed (AOC); Islam Dessouky (AOC); Franca Palma (Queens College, CUNY); Year Lee (Queens College, CUNY).

Group 4 concentrated on land displacement, a formidable problem in Egypt and the U.S. The Egyptian students focused on the displacement of wood cutters living near Al Hattaba, in Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian Government decreed this area to be important as a tourist attraction and ordered the residents to relocate. The residents did not participate in the decision that directly impacted them.

The Queens College students focused on housing displacement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. New residents who can afford to buy houses and to pay rent at twice the amount of the average paid by long-time residents have changed the residential complexion of a formerly working-class neighborhood.

The discussion around this similarity focused on who has political power and why, and on developing a strategy to mediate between market forces and the rights of citizens to remain in their neighborhoods.

Group 7:

Rana Abdou (AOC); Mohamed Zarif (AOC) Darryl Brathwaite (Queens College, CUNY): Shava Roy *Queens College, (CUNY).

Group 7 focused on environmental inequality by examining the issue of water quality. The Egyptian students focused on water scarcity and the disproportionate impact this had on farmers. Queens College students examined water quality in the U.S. While the U.S. has stronger regulations about water quality, since there is a local government role, a discrepancy over quality occurs when local authorities fail to preserve the integrity of a water supply, e.g. Flint, Michigan.


Recording (Click Here)


Description: Student-produced podcast with AUC and HCC students.

Faculty & Institutions:

Linda Ridley (Hostos Community College, CUNY),  Nellie El Enany (The American University in Cairo, AUC)

Student Presenters: 

Group 1:
AUC Students: Amro Keshta, Mai Abd-El Naby, Mariam Kouta, Mohanad Abouserie, Sama Abdelsayed
HCC Students: Chelsea Bravo, Ashley Encarnacion, Bryan Pemberton, Angel Serrano, Eurick Hidalgo

Group 2:

AUC Students: Malak Elattar, Mohamed Elshemy, Raymond Fahmy, Yassin Arkoub, Zeina Helal
HCC Students: Alanis Castro, Carmen Hernandez, Miguel Petterson, Hussein Najib Shoucar, Perla Garcia Abreu

Group 3:

AUC Students: Adham El Azab, Daniel Habashy, Mariam Abdelmaksod, Omar Helal, Sarah Ismail
HCC Students: Joseph Chico, Jonathan Mendez, Jamie Torres, Amy Rodriguez, Gisselle Santana

Group 4:

AUC Students: Ahmed Abouelenein, Ahmed Khater, Shahd Karam, Verina Fam
HCC Students: Tatianna Chism, Cisse Nfakaba, Juan Rosado, Michelle Williams, Yaribel Disla