Faculty & Staff Advisory Council

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 dchirico@york.cuny.edu.

Executive Committee
Chair: Donna Chirico, York College
Vice Chair:  John Rose, Hunter College
Treasurer: Johanna Devaney, Brooklyn
Recording Secretary: Kristina Varade. BMCC

Campus Delegates*

Vince DiGirolomo
Sarah Rappo, Alternate

Lisa Sarti
Patrizia Comello-Perry, Alternate
Kristina Varade (on sabbatical)

Bronx Community
Giulia Guarnieri
Silvia Carlorosi, Alternate

Angelo DiBello
Johanna Devaney, Alternate


College of Staten Island
Paola Ureni
Rosanne Carlo, Alternate

CUNY Central
Joseph Tirella

CUNY Grad Center
Pinar Ozgu

Anastasia Koutsidis

Charles Drago
Kevin Carmine, Alternate

John Rose
Janet Rubel, Alternate

John Jay
Delegate Needed
Alternate needed

Frank Percaccio
Angela Toscano, Alternate

Jerry G. Ianni

Law School

Alex Coller
Nicholas Boston, Alternate

Medgar Evers
Cristina Migliaccio
Aphrodite Sarafoglou, Alternate

New York City Tech
Morris Hounion

Professional Studies
Janet Guidi
Shannon Gallo – Alternate

Alexandra DeLuise
Annie Tummino, Alternate

Stephen di Dio
Christina Kofron, Alternate

Donna Chirico
Samuel Ghelli

Calandra Institute
Dean Anthony Tamburri, ex officio


*Not all campuses currently have representation.