In her article entitled "Race and Foreign Language" (Inside Higher Ed [June 21, 2018]), Deborah Parker, an Asian American and Professor of Italian, pondered the issue of being "a minority (Asian) in a field (Italian) in which there are very few minorities." This symposium has been organized as an expanded conversation to Professor Parker's article.
As the subtitle of the symposium signals, the binomial of race/ethnicity is just one of the issues pertinent to the notion of "diversity" in Italian studies. Gender, sexuality, and - to a notable degree as well - class are also significant concerns within Italian studies. Hence, our use of "diversity" in this context includes all of the above.