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Two Iona Students Earn National Recognition as Social Work Students of the Year

In a testament to their commitment to serving others, two Iona College students were named by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as Social Work Students of the Year.

Wanda McDonald ’20 was named NASW Westchester, NY, chapter Social Work Student of the Year and Susana Coxaj ’19 was named Florida chapter NASW Social Work Student of the Year.

“While I am happy about the work I have done thus far to help vulnerable populations, I know there is so much more work to be done,” said McDonald.

Coxaj added: “I am very grateful to the Iona social work faculty for preparing me to be the best master of social work student I could be. This award is dedicated to them for investing years into my education and being an example of the kind of social worker I want to be one day.”

Jeanne Matich-Maroney, Ph.D., chair, Social Work & Marriage and Family Therapy Department; Social Work program director; and director of the Center for Social Research, commented on the success of Coxaj and McDonald saying, “These external awards attest not only to Wanda’s and Susana’s exceptional performance as social work students and change agents, but also to the energy, creativity and unwavering commitment each of these students brought to her work.”

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