The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of The City University of New York began as the Italian American Institute to Foster Higher Education. In 1978, New York State Senator John D. Calandra, then chairperson of the Italian Legislative Caucus, called for the creation of an Italian-American institute to address historical, sociological, political, and cultural issues. The New York conference of Italian-American State Legislators initially funded the Institution in 1979 to address the educational needs and concerns expressed by Italian-American students, faculty and staff at CUNY. Eight years later, the Institute was renamed in honor of the late Senator John D. Calandra. In 1995, the CUNY Board of Trustees officially designated the Institute as a university-wide research institute devoted to documenting and preserving the Italian-American experience, under the aegis of Queens College.
The Italian American Faculty and Staff Advisory Council has its origin with Chancellor Kibbee’s directive appointing chairpersons of Italian American advisory committees at each CUNY college. The Council objectives are to advise the college presidents and Chancellor through the work of the Institute and its Dean on concerns affecting the University’s Italian American community and to safeguard accountability for Italian American personnel within the University. Additionally, campus delegates articulate the needs of students, faculty and staff at the individual campuses and deliberate ways in which the Institute can address them.
To learn more about the Council, or to express your interest in becoming a campus delegate, contact Dr. Donna Chirico, Chair of the Italian American Faculty Staff Advisory Council, by telephone at 718-262-2687 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Donna Chirico, York College
1st Vice Chair: Diane Forte, Queens College
2nd Vice Chair: John Rose, Hunter College
Treasurer: Jennifer Marotta, BMCC
Recording Secretary: Kristina Varade. BMCC
Sarah Rappo, Alternate
Jennifer Marotta, Alternate
Silvia Carlorosi, Alternate
Lauren Mancia – Alternate
College of Staten Island
Rosanne Carlo, Alternate
CUNY Grad Center
Ernest Ialongo – Alternate
Janet Rubel, Alternate
Angela Toscano, Alternate
Jerry G. Ianni
Jennifer Poggiali, Alternate
New York City Tech
Connie Mennella, Alternate
Paula Costanzo – Alternate
Stephen di Dio
Dean Anthony Tamburri, ex officio
*Not all campuses currently have representation.