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Student Life Diversity Committee (SLDC)

Under the Division of Student Life, the Diversity Committee consists of Iona College professionals and students who provide programs, support, and resources in order to enhance a diversity-positive campus community.  The committee partners with faculty and student groups and organizations in order to offer initiatives that encourage inter-cultural dialogue and insures that the diverse voices of Iona students are heard.  The committee engages students in topics that are of particular interest t o them, and facilitates programs on issues as: race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual identify, offensive language and symbols, and students with disabilities.  The committee also participates in the summer orientation program for all entering students, highlighting the importance of respect for all and community membership.  All students are welcome to become a part of the Diversity Committee and/or to offer suggestions for programs or other initiatives that would further enhance diversity at the college.

Statement of Mission

The Student Life Diversity Committee regards diversity as an asset and honors the myriad cultures, races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, traditions and other differences among students that enrich the Iona College community.  Its mission is to support and enhance a welcoming, safe and vibrant diversity-positive campus environment for all students at Iona College.

Goals of the Student Life Diversity Committee include:

  • To conduct ongoing assessment of campus climate, student perceptions and needs, and college practices related to diversity
  • To offer programs related to all aspects of diversity (i.e. race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, age, socioeconomic status and disability) for all members of the Iona community
  • To promote inter-group dialogue among diverse student cohorts
  • To advocate on behalf of marginalized and under-served student cohorts with regard to access to resources, accommodations and other considerations
  • To educate the larger campus community about the psychological, social, academic, cultural and spiritual needs of a diverse student population
  • To collaborate with student organizations, faculty, staff and other administrators to create a diversity-positive environment
For more information, please contact Melissa Aponte at

Past SLDC Programming

#SpeakUpIona Series on ‘Students of Color & Safety’, ‘LGBTQ Concerns’ and ‘Post-Election’
Multicultural Recognition Ceremony
Post-Election Educational Panel
Black Solidarity Day
Latino Awareness Month Opening
Why Black Lives Matter to Brown Folks Too
Orlando Shooting Remembrance Blood Drive
‘We Pledge to Value Diversity and Promote Inclusion at Iona’ wall