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Student Leader Alliance for Multiculturalism (SLAM)

Mission Statement

The formation of the Student Leader Alliance for Multiculturalism (SLAM) transformed from the former Council for Multicultural Leaders with the intention of broadening the mission while preserving the core purpose. As an umbrella governing organization, SLAM will allow development and growth, as well as provide a sense of unification for the multicultural and diverse organizations on the Iona College campus. The formation of SLAM fosters the Iona community to speak upon current multicultural and diversity affairs affecting the college community and elevate concerns that students may have. The organization will cultivate as a haven for students which include but are not confined to age, lifestyle, national or ethnic origin, race, creed, color, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, affectional preference, gender identity, citizenship status, disability or socio-economic background. SLAM will serve as a bridge-building system as well as function as an umbrella organization for multicultural and diverse organizations to come together in sight of support and structure.


SLAM meets bi-weekly on Mondays at 5 p.m. in Conference Room 1, Robert V. LaPenta Student Union. All are always welcome!


SLAM Office Phone: (914) 622-4988
Follow us on Instagram: @IC_SLAM
Advisor: Marinel Martinez, Assistant Director for Student Development
Office Location: LaPenta Student Union, Club Offices (ground floor)

Past SLAM Programming:

  • October 2015: “My Culture is not a Costume” highlighting some of the stereotypes individuals don’t realize they portray by dressing up for Halloween in costumes which are offensive and a misrepresentation to some cultures.
  • February 2016: “#BlackLivesMatter” was a student-led debate on the importance of this movement and how it impacts diverse students on campuses nationwide.
  • March 2016: Co-Sponsored a Women’s Empowerment event empowering self-identified women to break the mold by sharing experiences that have hindered them and then following up with words which lift them up.
  • May 2016: “Iona International World Tour” participated in the event to highlight countries and their cultures from around the world.
  • May 2016: “BeyoncĂ© Lemonade Stand” featured free lemonade to all who passed by our table while dissecting the impactful lyrics of BeyoncĂ©’s album Lemonade.
If you wish SLAM, to co-sponsor a program or event, please contact Jilliana Pichardo, vice chair for External Affairs, at or Jasmine Solano, vice Chair for Internal Affairs, at

Executive Board

Justin Henry, Chair for Multiculturalism
Justin Henry is a sophomore and a marketing major. He is very excited for the 2016-2017 school year. He will be serving as chair for the Student Leader Alliance for Multiculturalism for the first time. Justin started off as his campus involvement through the Black Student Union, Student Government Associations’ freshman senator program and Fashion Club. Through his hard work, dedication, and persistence he was nominated by peers to run for chair for SLAM. If he's not running around doing office hours for SGA, wearing something crazy for fashion club, or attending a program or event on campus, he's usually in the library catching up on work (or just watching YouTube). Justin is super amped for this school year and to work with the diverse community at Iona College!
Contact Justin at:
Olivia Fargiano, Executive Vice Chair for Multiculturalism
Olivia Fargiano is a senior this year majoring in Broadcast Media and will be holding the position of executive vice chair for Multiculturalism on the SLAM E-board. Olivia is extremely excited to be a part of this team and to make a positive impact on campus. In addition to being on the SLAM E-board, Olivia is a Resident Assistant in Loftus Hall, a Gael Guide, involved in the Iona Players, and active all over campus. When Olivia is not running around campus, she is either on duty, watching SVU, or more than likely listening to Beyonce.
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Caitlyn Gibbons, Vice Chair for Administration
Caitlyn Gibbons is a senior studying Criminal Justice and will be the vice chair for Administration this year. This is Caitlyn’s second year being involved in the Student Leader Alliance for Multiculturalism and she is excited to be involved once again this year! Along with being involved in SLAM, Caitlyn is also involved with the Gaelic Society as their event coordinator, Edmund Rice Society, Student Government Association as an At-Large Senator, and a part of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. When Caitlyn is not busy with one of those activities you can find her singing country music at the top of her lungs or watching the NY Rangers! Caitlyn is very excited to be involved with SLAM again and is looking forward for the year to come.
Contact Caitlyn at:
Jasmine Solano, Vice Chair for Internal Affairs
Jasmine Solano is a part of the Class of 2019 here at Iona College. She is a Speech- Pathology major. She is very excited to begin the 2016-2017 school year.  She is from Manhattan, N.Y. As a native New Yorker, she finds that diversity is an essential part of her life. She believes that diversity is what makes the world go round. She also believes that diversity provides a lesson for each of us to be comfortable and open to things that divide groups of people such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental ability, language and accepting people for who they truly are.  Jasmine would like to foster these discussions as part of her role in SLAM. She looks forward to an amazing year and can’t wait to get started.
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Jilliana Pichardo, Vice Chair for External Affairs
Jilliana is a senior studying International Business. This will be her first year holding a position on the executive board for the Student Leader Alliance for Multiculturalism! She is very excited to be involved and active on campus to help spread diversity amongst the student body. She believes that diversity should be a part of ones’ personal attributes and because of this characteristic, Jilliana is able to enjoy interacting with people from different backgrounds including gender, race, religions, sexual orientations, languages, physical and mental abilities and initiating involvement bringing a melting pot of people together. She also plans to help educate and emphasize the importance of diversity on a college campus as well as one’s life. This is what she fosters as her role for SLAM! Jilliana looks forward to an amazing and productive year!
Contact Jilliana at: