Faculty Spotlight

Maria Desir, Staff Writer

What is your role here at Iona?

“I’m currently the senior career development specialist for the Gerri Ripp Center for Career Development. I’ve been working in the career center for seven years and have been in this role for about three and a half years. In this role, I work directly with students in one-on-one appointments and conducting workshops to prepare them for their career goals. I’m also involved with the Mosaic Mentorship Program, which partners first-year students with a faculty or staff member at Iona to serve as their mentor.”

What do you love about Iona?

“I’ve met a lot of great people at Iona who seem like they truly care about making a difference in the lives of our students.”

What was your major and why did you choose this school?

“I was a psychology major here at Iona. I grew up near New Rochelle and was very familiar with this town; I actually started undergrad at Manhattanville and used to visit a friend who went here. Manhattanville never felt like home for a commuter student like me, and Iona was incredibly welcoming.”

What are your hobbies?

“I love to watch scary movies and listen to music. I also love going to corn mazes, county fairs and food festivals.”

What is your favorite part about your job?

“Watching students grow and become fulfilled, successful young people is the favorite part of my job.”

What does “Move the World” mean to you?

“‘Move The World’ to me means taking everything you learn and all the skills you’re able to gain here at Iona and make a difference with everyone that you interact with after you leave here.”

What advice would you give to first-year students?

“To first-year students, I say, get involved; there is always something fun and interesting going on at this campus. Take advantage of these experiences and make lasting friendships. Take this time to learn about who you are, what you want and how you can achieve your goals. If you find that you’re having a hard time feeling connected, join the Mosaic Mentorship Program! You’ll have a support system and a community of people to learn from all while having fun.”