The overall purpose of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is basic to the central mission of The City University of New York. Italian-Americans represent the largest European ancestral group in New York State, New York City and at CUNY. Thus, the primary purpose of the Institute is to foster higher education among Italian-Americans. This mission is carried out by
- Conducting and sponsoring empirical, theoretical and analytical research which will expand, deepen and strengthen critical understanding of the Italian American experience.
- Serving as a central clearing house for the dissemination of research to academia, government, industry and the civic community.
- Organizing conferences, lectures, seminars and symposia on the Italian American experience.
- Operating specialized counseling programs in areas of outreach, articulation and student retention at CUNY.
- Administering an Exchange Program between CUNY and Italian public universities.
- Maintaining a resource library of printed material as well as videos pertaining to the Italian American experience.
- Maintaining up-dated listings of Italian-American students and faculty at CUNY as well as faculty, academic scholars and professionals at other universities.
- Providing a Speakers Bureau for students, faculty and community groups on topics relevant to the Italian American experience.
- Producing and distributing a television program, informational in nature, geared to the Italian-American community.
The Calandra Institute seeks to accomplish its mission through its research unit, Career Counseling Center, Academic and Cultural Programs, outreach programs, resource library, Columbus CUNY/ITALY Exchange Program and various community projects.