Iona University Students Join Walk4Hearing, Raising Funds and Awareness

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Students in Iona University’s American Sign Language Club and Speech and Hearing Club recently joined the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) for its annual Walk4Hearing in New York City. The money raised gets donated to organizations helping to raise awareness and resources for those living with hearing loss.

Iona students have been participating in the walk for many years and look forward to it every fall semester. The clubs also held a fundraiser on campus in anticipation of the walk, selling stickers, pins and phone wallets to raise money for their team.

Samantha Guardino ’23, president of the ASL club, expressed her excitement for the walk, saying, “It is truly inspiring to see how many people come together to raise money for organizations advocating for hearing loss. I’ve attended the Walk4Hearing all four years I have been at Iona and every year I am more and more impressed with how big the event has gotten.”

Iona students managed to raise over $1,000 and the New York walk raised a grand total of $102,000. HLAA holds Walk4Hearing all over the country, continuously raising awareness for hearing loss and fundraising for those who struggle with hearing health but don’t have the resources to get help. The organization aims to inform the public on the topic and bring more attention to the severity of the health issue.
Learn more about Iona’s American Sign Language Club and the Speech and Hearing Club.  Explore all the academic programs Iona University has to offer through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department as well as the new Interdisciplinary Advanced Certificate in Working with Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and their Families (IACD).

The students from the 2022 Walk4Hearing.

Students gathered at the opening ceremony for Walk4Hearing.

Founded in 1940, Iona University is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2021.” Iona University also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona University and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the University’s new campus in Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences offers a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care. On July 1, 2022, Iona officially changed its status from College to University, reflecting the growth of its academic programs and the prestige of an Iona education.