Judith Parkas interview, 1994 November 10

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Judith Parkas interview, 1994 November 10
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Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Parkas, Judith
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Judith Parkas, the Executive Vice President of FIT's union, discusses her many roles at FIT. In addition to her union work, Parkas was a professor of Biology and Physical Anthropology as well as the project director of the Tech Prep Grant. Over the years, she helped develop and evolve FIT's curriculum. She discusses the inception of the union and their early contentions with the Board of Trustees. There were also initial difficulties in unifying adjunct and full-time faculty, but Parkas emphasizes how the inclusivity of the union has been hugely beneficial in affecting change at the institution. She discusses how contracts have evolved to be more effective over time, especially thanks to Lou Stoller. She mentions affiliate unions such as the New York State United Teachers union and how FIT's supportive working conditions have led to low turnover. Parkas talks about the school's founding around the time of the G.I. Bill, and Shirley Goodman's lasting legacy at FIT. While FIT's deep connection with the city and the fashion industry has remained, the student body has become increasingly diverse and international over time. Parkas briefly discusses the differences between the Board of Trustees and the Educational Foundation. Parkas then discusses the development of a 4-year program at FIT, and goes on to describe the Tech Prep Grant that FIT procured from Cauley-Perkins. This program has allowed FIT to implement preparatory curriculum for mid-range high schoolers as well as secure summer employment. Parkas mentions distinguished alumni, and a couple fond memories of her own at FIT. She finishes the interview with a run down of her political involvement around the city.
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Oral histories
Parkas, Judith
United College Employees of the Fashion Institute of Technology (UCE of FIT)
Wood, Judy
Haft, Morris
Deitsch, Samuel
Wells, Cynthia
Curtis, Nina
Berger, Irene
Berger, Paul
Stollar, Lou
Feldman, Marvin
Dietsch, Sam
Goodman, Shirley, 1915-1991
Fishman, Alan
Whalen, Grover A. (Grover Aloysius), 1886-1962
Logan, Jonathan
Schwartz, David
Schrader, Abe
Stern, Joan
Cortez, Barbara
Klein, Calvin, 1942-
Kamali, Norma
Smith, Steven
Mello, Dawn
Levinson, George
Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
Curriculum planning
Foreign students
Labor unions
Political participation
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State)--New York
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1994, November 9). Judith Parkas interview, 1994 November 10 [Video]. Archive on Demand. https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136313
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Judith Parkas interview, 1994 November 10." Archive on Demand, 9 Nov. 1994, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136313
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Judith Parkas interview, 1994 November 10," Archive on Demand, November 9, 1994, video, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/136313