James Cascaito Speaks at the AFT National Higher Education Issues Conference
James Cascaito, chair of the Foreign Languages Department at FIT, was invited to participate on the LGBT panel at the national conference of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on March 8–10, 2013, in San Diego. The theme of the 2013 annual AFT Higher Education Issues Conference was “Confronting the ‘New Normal’: Union-driven Solutions for the Future of Higher Education.” The LGBT panel was focused on “Creating a Positive Work Environment for LGBT Faculty and Staff." Panelists discussed AFT’s latest diversity report on the campus climate for LGBT faculty, staff and students, and how local labor unions are advancing equality for the LGBT community. In addition to Professor Cascaito, speakers were: Bethany Gizzi, president, Monroe Community College Faculty Association; Chris Goff, senior associate, AFT Higher Education Department; and Greg Mulcahy, president, Minnesota State College Faculty (panel moderator).
Professor Cascaito is also membership director of the United College Employees at FIT. Known for his affinity for civil rights issues, he participated on the LGBT panel at the 2012 New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Community College Conference in Saratoga Springs.Lunar New Year Stamp: FIT Professor Honored
FIT Assistant Professor of Illustration Kam Mak has again had the honor of designing the new "Lunar New Year" stamp for the United States Postal Service. This is Professor Mak's third American stamp in celebration of the Lunar New Year; he has been commissioned to design twelve such stamps (one per year). This article is re-printed from the April 2010 issue of the "CET Reporter," the newsletter for the FIT Center for Excellence in Teaching, thanks to the CET's co-editors, Celia Baez and Elaine Maldonado.
Diversity Design Motif Student Contest Winner
In Spring 2009, the Diversity Council sponsored a student contest to develop a design motif to brand all diversity related publications and events. The winning design was produced by Janel Gancena, BFA: Graphic Design major. Diversity Council member James Cascaito, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, interviewed Ms. Gancena regarding how she developed the design motif.