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*

Delegate needed
Alternate needed

Kristina Varade
Janice Zummo, Alternate

Bronx Community    
Giulia Guarnieri
Alternate needed

Diane Forte
Lauren Mancia - Alternate

Delegate needed
Alternate needed

College of Staten Island    
Paola Ureni
Rosanne Carlo - Alternate

CUNY Grad Center    
Delegate needed
Alternate needed

Jessica Phillips
Alternate Needed

Susan Miceli
Ernest  Ialongo - Alternate

John Rose
Carmen Morano, Alternate

John Jay    
Emily Ahmentaj
Alternate needed

Angela Toscano
Alternate needed

Jerry G. Ianni
Alternate needed

Law School    
Florence Kerner
Alternate needed

Joe Tirella
Jennifer Poggiali - Alternate

Medgar Evers
Delegate Needed
Alternate needed

New York City Tech
Delegate Needed
Morris Hounion

Alexandra DeLuise
Paula Costanzo - Alternate

Gina Capozzoli
Stephen di Dio

Donna Chirico
Samuel Ghelli

Calandra Institute
Dean Anthony Tamburri, ex officio

*Not all campuses currently have representation.