Italian American 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
1st Vice Chair: Diane Forte, Queens College
2nd Vice Chair:  John Rose, Hunter College
Treasurer: Janice Zummo, BMCC
Recording Secretary: Kristina Varade. BMCC
 

Campus Delegates*

Baruch    
Delegate needed
Alternate needed

BMCC
Kristina Varade
Janice Zummo, Alternate

Bronx Community    
Giulia Guarnieri
Alternate needed

Brooklyn
Diane Forte
Lauren Mancia - Alternate

CCNY    
Delegate needed
Alternate needed

College of Staten Island    
Paola Ureni
Rosanne Carlo - Alternate


CUNY Grad Center    
Delegate needed
Alternate needed

Guttman    
Jessica Phillips
Alternate Needed

Hostos
Susan Miceli
Ernest  Ialongo - Alternate

Hunter
John Rose
Carmen Morano, Alternate

John Jay    
Emily Ahmentaj
Alternate needed

Kingsborough
Angela Toscano
Alternate needed

LaGuardia
Jerry G. Ianni
Alternate needed

Law School    
Florence Kerner
Alternate needed

Lehman
Joe Tirella
Jennifer Poggiali - Alternate

Medgar Evers
Delegate Needed
Alternate needed

New York City Tech
Delegate Needed
Morris Hounion

Queens    
Alexandra DeLuise
Paula Costanzo - Alternate

Queensborough    
Gina Capozzoli
Stephen di Dio

York    
Donna Chirico
Samuel Ghelli

Calandra Institute
Dean Anthony Tamburri, ex officio

*Not all campuses currently have representation.

 

Publications

The Institute publishes three books series and a peer review scholarly journal. Each book series has its specific criteria. The Historical Monograph Series rescues from potential oblivion those texts that have fallen out of print. Transactions, in turn, publishes those studies and analyses that are longer than the usual journal article but shorter than the usual monograph. Studies in Italian Americana, instead, publishes full-length books, be they single-authored or collections of essays.

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Italian Folk: Vernacular Culture in Italian-American Lives, edited by the Calandra Institute’s Dr. Joseph Sciorra, offers an opportunity to reexamine and rethink what we know about Italian Americans. Sunday dinners, basement kitchens, and backyard gardens are everyday cultural entities long associated with Italian Americans, yet the general perception of them remains superficial and stereotypical at best. This collection of essays explores local knowledge and aesthetic practices, often marked as “folklore,” as sources for creativity and meaning in Italian-American lives. The contributors to this unique book discuss historic and contemporary cultural expressions and religious practices from various parts of the United States and Canada to examine how they operate at local, national, and transnational levels.

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"Sciorra's book conveys a strong sense of urgency to reexamine and re-think what we know about Italian Americans, while contributing to the legitimization of Italian-American folklore." (―Modern Italy)
 


 

 

Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute, presents "Italics", the only TV magazine entirely devoted to Italian-American affairs.

Counseling Programs

The Calandra Institute is unique among the centers and institutes at CUNY in that it has provided counseling services to Italian-American students and the community since 1979. Specialized counselors are trained in and sensitive to the history, culture, and experience of Italians in America, and they bring this awareness to the counseling encounter. Calandra counselors understand the importance of a comprehensive and contemporary model of counseling. Within the process, their holistic approach examines, among other things, cultural values and family relationships.

The counselors are licensed clinicians who provide an array of services that include academic advisement, career development, and personal/psychological counseling. Services are available at the Calandra Institute, at select CUNY campuses, and at high schools in the outer boroughs.

Services

Calandra Center for Career Development
Originally established in 1985, the Center for Career Development was newly reconstituted in 2015 to provide individual career counseling and assessment to current students and members of the Italian-American community who may want to enroll at CUNY in order to pursue continuing education, return to college, or enter college for the first time. Services may include multiple counseling sessions, the administration and interpretation of career inventories, and the dissemination of information regarding the academic majors, degree options, and certificate programs offered at CUNY. Although the services do not include job placement, those who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or career changers are welcome to explore new goals and strategies through individualized counseling sessions designed to explore life goals/roles/purpose. Counselors may also assist clients to develop coping methods regarding stress caused by work-related matters including work/family balance, work/life boundaries, and the transition into retirement. Through the different phases of the career-development process, whether entering a new field, advancing with your current profession, or changing directions, the counselors at the Center will help you identify and develop the skills and resources to achieve your career, educational, and life goals.

Campus Counseling
Counselors work on a number of select CUNY campuses, providing support to Italian-American students navigating the maze of higher education. The retention and development of these students is of prime concern to the Calandra Institute, and it is accomplished by several means. Academic, career, and personal/psychological counseling is provided, as is information on scholarships and study abroad opportunities in Italy. Counselors assist students to develop and refine plans for continuing their studies, from the associate’s degree level to the doctoral and professional levels.

High School Counseling
Outreach services are offered at high schools that have high concentrations of Italian American students and/or where there is a strong interest in Italian language and Italian American culture. Counselors are generally based in the college office or guidance suite, and their primary mission remains the promotion of interest in higher education through the vehicles of career exploration and college advisement with an emphasis on promoting the programs of the City University of New York. High-school outreach services are offered in the outer boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

Seminars and Workshops
For the last several years, Calandra counselors have organized conferences and symposia on issues regarding Italian American mental health. Topics have included domestic violence, elder care, mental illness, grief and loss, and ethnic identity.

Although targeted to Italian Americans, all seminars and workshops are free and available to all, regardless of racial/ethnic background.

Publications
Books edited by Calandra counselors were also formally presented to the community, and these publications form a foundation for clinicians working with Italian Americans and for those interested in conducting research on various segments of the population. These books are available for purchase through the Calandra Institute.

The Calandra counselors also produce Il Giornolino, The Italian Journal, a publication of writings in Italian from high-school and college students in Italian classes throughout New York. Submissions are made in a variety of formats, including essay, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

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Sociodemographic Studies

Director: Dr. Vincenzo Milione

Research and Technical Coordinator: Mr. Carmine Pizzirusso

Demographics Coordinator: Ms. Itala Pelizzoli

The Institute conducts socio-demographic studies of Italian Americans in the United States and in various geographic regions by state, urban area and regions. The demographic profiles highlight the family structure, life cycles, economics, educational achievements, occupational participation, and cultural presence of Italian Americans. Temporal studies are conducted to assess changes in the population. Demographic studies are conducted using census data detailing individual responses as well as surveys of Italian-American populations to obtain contemporary trends.

The City University of New York Italian American Affirmative Action Trends: 1978-2007

Analysis for Italian-American Faculty and Staff

Special Report: The United States Census Bureau Releases the First Annual Census Data of Italian Americans

Socio-demographic Studies of Italian-Americans

Italian Diaspora

Scholars and Professional Research Project

Italian-American Youth and Educational Achievement levels:How are we doing?

Distinguished Professor Fred Gardaphe of the Calandra Institute speaks about the "controversy" that surrounded the MTV show "Jersey Shore" and the nature of the Italian-American phenomenon of the "Guido sub-culture".
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Research

A central mission of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is to conduct, support and encourage research on the Italian-American experience within The City University of New York and the academic community at large.

The Institute’s research objectives are:

• Conduct, assist, and support ongoing research on Italian-American Occupational and educational attainment;
• Conduct, assist, and analyze experiential and cultural research on Italian-Americans;
• Conduct public policy analyses and otherwise contribute to public affairs through consultative and information services to public officials, community leaders, legislators and human services providers; provide research opportunities for faculty and students;
• Disseminate research findings through reports, conferences, lectures, seminars and symposia to academia, government, industry and the civic community;
• The Institute sponsors an annual national conference on Italian-American Studies attended by national and international scholars;
• Special seminars and conferences are also sponsored to address specific areas: history, literature, arts, political thought, urban and regional studies, women's studies, language and culture education, etc.

Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri
Dean and Executive Director
Professor of Italian and Italian/American Studies

Dr. Fred L. Gardaphé
Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies

Dr. Vincenzo Milione
Director of Demographic Studies

Dr. Joseph Sciorra
Associate Director of Academic and Cultural Programs
 

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