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Office of Student Development (OSD)


The Office of Student Development is committed to educating Iona College students through a holistic approach incorporating our professional experiences and our knowledge of student development theory. Through collaboration with our academic colleagues and students we provide innovative programs, activities, and services that enhance the quality of student life and create a student-centered environment in which participants develop, embrace, and enhance ethical leadership, life skills and experiences through creating an active diverse campus climate where all members of the community will flourish.

We act as a catalyst to student self-exploration and development. In doing so, we serve as educators, mentors, and advisors who challenge, support, and empower our students to become active citizens and leaders within the College and global community.

We will accomplish this work collaboratively and in support of the mission of the College.

To accomplish our mission we provide:

  • Student involvement opportunities
  • Student center operations
  • Student diversity initiatives
  • Programming and activities
  • Leadership development

The Office of Student Development is responsible for the oversight and operations of the Robert V. LaPenta Student Union, Wellness Program, welcoming activities, leadership and diversity initiatives, student club and organization maintenance and support, guidance and development. Various areas of student life include fraternity and sorority life, commuter, residents, veterans, club sports, programming boards, student governance, student organizations, performing arts and media groups, and club advisors. All student organizations are encouraged to develop their goals, plans and budgetary needs and to discuss these issues with their club advisors and members of the Student Development staff. All on-campus events are scheduled and approved by this office in conjunction with the Campus Safety Department, and Facilities Management. Student Development works to ensure that activities sponsored by organizations are successful events. This is achieved through assisting and encouraging the student groups to properly coordinate and promote their activities.

The Office of Student Development strongly recommends for students to better enrich themselves through involvement in campus life, especially through participation in student organizations and clubs. Students are encouraged to form new organizations sanctioned by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Office of Student Development when there is sufficient interest. All clubs and organizations must function in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the College and the SGA. These policies and regulations are outlined in the Student Handbook, on the college website and in the Student Leader Resource Manual.