Iona University’s Anaya Potter ’23 is Rewriting the Esports Gender Narrative
Iona University senior Anaya Potter ’23 is featured in a new esports documentary series produced by Yahoo!’s In The Know. Esports is a new addition to Iona’s campus, and the series will follow the team and players over the course of the fall season.
When Iona announced the formation of its new esports program last year, Anaya took a leadership role in forming a League of Legends team. She is also team captain, telling In the Know: “I love gaming because I love sharing it with my friends. It’s been a big part of my college experience.”
The experience has also provided her with a platform to change the face of esports as a whole, which is typically dominated by her male counterparts.
“Being a woman in esports can be challenging at times because online, women are not usually met with respect,” she said. “Over the years, I’ve learned to not let that get to me. They don’t know me in real life, and they’re not going to stop me from playing the game.”
The series shines a light on both Iona’s inclusivity and Anaya’s own inspiring story.
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 2023.” 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.