Multicultural Recognition Ceremony
The Multicultural Student Recognition Ceremony is an annual event to celebrate the academic achievements of students from our diverse Iona student community. This college-wide initiative recognizes the unique experiences of students from diverse backgrounds, as well as the significant support and love that families and other important individuals have provided to the student along the way.
Additionally, this event is designed to honor and highlight the multitude of identities, cultures, religions, nationalities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities of our graduating seniors that make the Iona community a masterpiece.
All graduating students are invited to participate in this time of celebration, but most commonly celebrate underrepresented cultures and heritages attending the College. We celebrate these students’ achievements because of the additional challenge they face graduating from a predominantly white institution. We celebrate cultural diversity and bestow these stoles in celebration of our students’ heritage, culture, persistence and academic achievement.
The annual ceremony recognizes select students with Commitment to Diversity Awards. These awards do not have any monetary value and have no academic (GPA) requirement. Awards include:
Champion of Diversity
A graduating senior who has demonstrated a legacy of advocacy and inclusion through a measurable impact on the campus community. This student has made a positive effort to provide students with a supplemental source of support, advocacy, and leadership development by initiating programming, campus involvement, and engaging conversations. Not only is this individual constantly working to better themselves but also dedicated to the growth of their peers.
This award is presented to a non-senior undergraduate student who has shown the potential to emerge within the past academic year. This student is in the process of developing a foundation as a change agent on campus. Some examples include but are not limited or exclusive to being an active member of a multicultural organization; participating in events, events, programs, and conversations on campus; and displaying an interest in developing their own understanding of diversity.
An undergraduate student who has shown dedication to Iona’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. This student embraces diversity and serves underrepresented students with opportunities to explore issues regarding diversity, identity development, multicultural education, social justice, and leadership initiatives. This ultimately enhances the retention, engagement, and success of historically underrepresented students.
Community Advocate (Unsung Hero)
This award recognizes a non-senior whose consistent contribution towards diversity and inclusion has gone beyond their role to promote diversity and unity acting without recognition. This individual consistently makes an effort to incorporate the Iona Statement on Diversity in their work. This student maintains a commitment to diversity, engaging in meaningful discussions in and outside the classroom.
Social Justice Ambassador
This award recognizes an undergraduate student with an exemplary commitment to diversity by engaging in social justice initiatives beyond the scope of the Iona College Community. This student actively works within the greater community (hometown, New Rochelle, NYS, etc.) to explore issues regarding diversity, expanding their knowledge in the service of humanity.
- Volunteer work within their local community*
- Entrepreneurial projects to provide resources for underprivileged populations
- Work/internship involvement in an organization with a strong commitment to social justice
*This doesn’t include Iona-sponsored community service projects such as Mission Trips, Midnight Runs, Project Sunshine, etc.