Donna Chirico - York College
Anthony Julian Tamburri - Queens College
Culturally responsive curricula development must include a broad outreach to ensure that the inclusion part of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion engages all groups who have experienced discrimination in the educational sphere rather than choosing select groups or communities that have been targeted more recently. That there has been a challenge for the Italian American in higher education is well-documented, especially at The City University of New York where Italian Americans are considered an affirmative action category. Despite supposed attention to the issues of discrimination and underutilization, the percentage of faculty and staff who claim Italian American as their heritage group has declined in the 46-plus years since then Chancellor Kibbee pronounced this decree. The aim of this presentation is to highlight the continued failures of the efforts to include Italian Americans and offer a curricular approach to address the perennial challenge.