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Diversity & Inclusion

Iona College Statement on Diversity

Iona College strives to be a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. We commit ourselves to education within the rich heritage of these legacies, especially intellectual inquiry and the values of justice, peace and service. Inherent in the Mission of Iona College is a commitment to diversity.
Therefore, the College seeks to promote, embrace and celebrate an open and inclusive environment for those of multiple backgrounds and differences including but 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. A goal of Iona College is to foster an understanding, appreciation, and valuing of diversity. It holds that diversity should permeate all areas and aspects of Iona College in ways that demonstrate its institutional commitment to multicultural diversity.
As an inclusive institution, Iona College welcomes its faculty, student body, administration, staff and alumni associations to learn, grow and share their worldviews in a constructive manner. We recognize that diversity enriches the educational environment by fostering respect for differences, stimulating innovative teaching and learning, and preparing students to live and work in a global society.
Amended January 14, 2015

Messages to the Iona Community

Schedule of Upcoming Diversity Events

Student Multicultural Organizations

Campus Resources

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Interested in being involved? Contact Melissa Aponte, director of Student Development, at (914) 633-2306.


Messages to the Iona Community

  • A Message from President Carey (6/17/20)

    Dear Colleagues:

    As we move forward to the start of next semester, I want to thank you once again for the dedication you have shown to Iona and our students in responding to the COVID pandemic. You may have seen that the pandemic has caused several of our neighboring schools to face budget shortfalls ranging from $10 million to $55 million. These shortfalls are forcing schools to lay off hundreds of workers. While our budget is under pressure for the coming year, we are not facing layoffs. This is in large part due to the effort of everyone on campus. We will need to sustain this effort in order to maintain our fiscal health.

    In addition to the COVID pandemic, the past few weeks have shone a bright light on another pandemic that has plagued our nation for centuries: racism. Recent instances of racial injustice and brutality have led to protests throughout our country and around the world. These events have forced all of us to examine our role in the perpetuation of racism and the structures that enable it. In numerous conversations with members of our community, it has become clear to me that Iona is not immune from this pandemic, and that we must address it with the same determination we have brought to the battle against COVID. As with our response to COVID, we will get ahead of the problem only through an intentional, community-wide effort. We will address our shortcomings in both the short and the long term.

    Slavery is this country’s original sin, and racism our chronic disease. Iona was founded to empower students to live a healthy and full life through education, to lift up the marginalized, to pursue truth and promote justice. We cannot fulfill that mission if we do not work at living it.

    This Friday is June 19, or Juneteenth, so called to commemorate the day slavery effectively ended, in Texas, in 1865, two years after the conclusion of the Civil War. This year at Iona, I am declaring it a holiday. I do this to acknowledge the tremendous effort you are making to get ready for the fall semester. More importantly, I ask those of you who are not subject to daily acts of implicit and explicit racism to use the day to reflect on what it must feel like to endure those acts and the structures that enable them day after day, week after week — at work, in the store, at school.

    This Friday, please take some time to consider how you will contribute to helping the Iona mission manifest in new and essential ways to combat the chronic disease of racism.

    Thank you again for all you do.


  • A Message from Mary Clare Reilley, Vice President of College Marketing & Communications (6/9/20)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Iona College stands firmly with our Black community as we acknowledge that we all have a role to play in the change we want to see in the world. I write to you as a follow-up to President Carey’s email in response to the tragic death of George Floyd and the ongoing protests in support of racial justice, and to make you aware of the letter that was sent last week to students from Denise Hopkins, Vice President for Student Life.

    In the letter you will find actions already underway at Iona. As we continue to come together as a campus community united by a mission of opportunity, justice and the liberating power of education, I would like to share the following resources to learn more and stay engaged in this work:

    Thursday, June 11, 4 p.m.
    Join us via Zoom
    Password: 304594
    Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  1-646-558-8656
    Meeting ID: 919 0479 3128​
    Password: 304594​

    Diversity & Inclusion
    Office of Mission & Ministry

    Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
    Black Futures Lab
    Black Lives Matter
    Campaign Zero
    Center for Policing Equity
    Color of Change
    Movement For Black Lives
    National Black Justice Coalition
    NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP)

    While these are challenging times, Iona’s Employee Assistance Program is available to help with counseling services for you and/or your dependents. All services are free of charge and completely confidential and can be accessed by calling 1-800-311-4327 any time. Please click here to learn more about the Employee Assistance Program.

    Thank you for all you do on behalf of Iona College, our students and each other.

    Mary Clare Reilley