Meet the Young Alumni Chair
Kiera Duckworth’s first few weeks at IC weren’t easy. But everything changed when she found a flier for women’s club lacrosse. She’d never played the sport, but wanted to get involved. In lacrosse, she found not only a supportive coach—but an experience that changed her life.
Kiera cites lacrosse, specifically the bonds she created with her teammates, as essential to her IC experience. In 2010, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in sport studies. Then, with the help of her former IC advisor, Kiera applied to the sociology master’s program at SUNY Buffalo. She earned her master’s there in 2012, and is now working on her doctorate. Her field of study is gender and sports.
“If it hadn’t been for all the support I received at IC – scholarships, mentors, friends, and teammates – there is no way I would have succeeded, let alone be working towards my Ph.D. now,” Kiera says.
Kiera was active at IC. She was part of the H&S Dean’s Advisory Council for former dean Leslie Lewis, and perhaps most influential to her position now as the Annual Fund’s young alumni chair was her involvement with the 2010 Senior Class Gift Committee. She learned a lot about philanthropy, and how it can change lives.
Kiera’s remained involved with IC, having served on the Annual Fund’s Young Alumni Committee from 2013-2014. “I give to make sure that IC students receive even more opportunities than I did,” Kiera says. “It’s so important for young alumni to let students know we stand behind them. They need our support. Our gift also lets the college’s administration know that we’re still involved, that we care about our college.”
“The Annual Fund supports everything about the student experience at IC—club sports, classroom technology, travel to conferences. When I give, I make the IC experience better.”
Kiera Duckworth '10