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Division of Student Life

In the proud tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice, the Christian Brothers, and Catholic higher education, the Division of Student Life at Iona College seeks to embody the core values of compassionate and ethical leadership grounded in justice and community engagement; immersion in diverse intellectual traditions; commitment to human dignity and the common good as foundational to inclusivity and diversity; transformative and holistic growth nourished by reflective and integrated spirituality; a student-centered philosophy, with heightened attention to the marginalized; and actualization of the potential of all graduates. Guided by these values, Student Life will pursue excellence in all our centers and align our efforts with the needs of current students, the goals and priorities of campus partners, and the mission and future trajectory of the College.


The Division of Student Life follows the model of Blessed Edmund Rice’s ethic of care as we foster a campus community that celebrates, serves, and nurtures the dignity and full potential of our diverse student body.


The Division of Student Life will provide a transformative co-curricular education that maximizes the potential of each student in preparation for a life of purpose and contributions to society. We will successfully champion the Iona mission, secure the confidence of campus partners, and achieve recognition as leaders in our field.

Division of Student Life Leadership Team

Under the direction of Vice President Denise Hopkins, the Division of Student Life leadership team works to lead strategic planning and initiatives of the Division. Matt Cardin serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Career and Personal Development and oversees Career Development and the Office of Student Development. He leads the division elevating career preparation and collaboration with Academic Affairs. The Assistant Vice Provost for Community Standards, Liz Olivieri-Lenahan, oversees campus student conduct, campus climate, and major campus events including New Student Orientation and the Division’s role in Commencement. The Assistant Vice Provost for Student Services, Dr. Michele Sampson-Nelson, directly oversees Off-Campus and Commuter Services and provides leadership for Residential Life.

Division of Student Life Departments and Resources:

Campus Safety

Iona College Counseling Center

Gerri Ripp Career for Career Development

Health Services

Mission & Ministry

Off-Campus and Commuter Services

Residential Life

Office of Student Development (OSD)

Student Life Diversity Committee

Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness