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Black Student Union

The Black Student Union (BSU) serves as a forum for communication amongst diverse students and faculty. Through discussions and guest speakers, Black Student Union hopes to involve the community in its efforts to attain respect for cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence, in the interests of Iona students, concentrating on the Black/African-American community.


The purpose of BSU is to serve as a liaison primarily between students of African descent (and other minorities) and the faculty and staff at Iona College. Our aim is to advocate the needs of students in this institution while empowering, teaching, discussing and exploring the Black experience. Through events, discussions and even parties, Black Student Union hopes to engage the community in efforts to promote cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence of multicultural groups at Iona College.

Executive Board


The Black Student Union meeting Tuesdays/Thursdays during Activity Hour in Doorley Hall.
Office: Robert V. LaPenta Student Union, Ground Floor – Diversity Room


To contact the Black Student Union, email President Bernice Kwashie at or Vice President Diamond Wollaston at
Connect with us on social media:
  • Facebook: Iona BSU
  • Instagram: ionabsu
  • Twitter: ionaBSU

BSU Events

  • Culture Show – New Starting Fall ‘16
  • Iona’s Declassified School Survival Guide
  • Annual Maroon Madness After Party
  • Brown Bag Series: Topics discussing the Black experience.
  • Love Chronicles
  • Know Your Rights
  • Wild N Out
  • Rhapsody in Black
  • Black Professionals: Pearls for the Next Generation
Remember, diversity isn’t only about color but about everything that makes you different. So if you know that you are different, Black Student Union is the place to be.
Black Student Union encourages unity, inspires leadership, and asserts dignity. If you want to represent culture, meet new people with unique ideas and have fun, Black Student Union is the place to be.