Iona University Alumna Genesis Mojica ’20, ’21MS Dedicates Her Life to Protecting Her Community

Alumni Success

Iona University alumna Genesis Mojica ’20, ’21MS is entering her third year with the New York Police Department (NYPD).

Mojica grew up in New York, N.Y., and attended St. Jean Baptiste High School in Manhattan. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a focus on Law Enforcement Administration from Iona University.

During her time at Iona, Mojica was a resident assistant for the Office of Residential Life and vice president of the Fashion Club. She also interned at the New Rochelle Police Department.

Mojica’s time at Iona combined with her fieldwork experience prepared her for her current role as an NYPD Police Officer.

How did Iona prepare you for your career?

It made me a well-rounded person. The professors were amazing, the mentors, the community within the college prepared me for who I am. Professionally, it allowed me to grow confident in myself to walk into any room and not be intimidated by who’s there.

What advice would you give to a student?

Do not be afraid to change your mind. From internships to classroom talks and many more opportunities gained at Iona, it allowed me to realize there is more out there. You are never too old nor too young to change your mind and start over.

What is your favorite memory from your time at Iona?

Every day at Iona was a lovely memory. But I’ll always love our homecoming and spring weekends and the preparation for it!

How did Iona motivate you?

Iona made me who I am today. I will forever be grateful for the friends made, contacts I’ve kept, and in general the home that it gave me for four years. Even when the pandemic hit, it was still my “home away from home” and I’ll always give back to a place I call home.