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Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

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The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging hosts events and sponsors initiatives throughout the year. Please explore our latest offerings and learn more about how we promote inclusion and cultural awareness on campus and how you can get involved.

Mission

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) is to support and advance a campus culture, policies and practices that welcomes and celebrates diversity and inclusion, in all its form, for all members of the campus community. In keeping with our pursuit and practice of social justice imperatives of the Catholic faith and the Christian Brothers, Iona University stands committed to sustaining and enhancing a culture of inclusive excellence where diverse perspectives coexist and diverse communities excel and thrive.

Guiding Framework

  • Facilitate active integration of diversity and inclusion into the very fabric of the institution by incorporating institutional expectations on culturally relevant and sensitive skills, practices, policies and competencies and their measurement into the performance management process.
  • Strengthen and systematize the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of faculty and staff of color and those from the underrepresented minority (URM) communities.
  • Provide support for the advancement of curriculum diversification and the practice of culturally responsive teaching and learning.
  • Strengthen University policies, practices and behaviors to ensure success for historically underrepresented and marginalized student populations through new and time-tested transition, intervention initiatives and programs in the pursuit of academic excellence.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT

Iona University acknowledges that indigenous peoples and nations, including the Munsee Lenape people within the greater Lenapehoking territory, have stewarded through generations the lands and waterways of what is now Westchester County, where Iona University is located. We honor and respect the enduring relationship that exists between these peoples and nations and this land. In the tradition of the Christian Brothers, Iona University uses education as a force for overcoming injustice and marginalization by promoting honor, dignity, and respect for all people.