The Center for Urban Education is concerned with promoting and implementing programs that contribute to positive developmental outcomes for urban youth who attend low-performing schools or live in high-risk communities. Its methods include the identification, support, and development of youth programs that improve the lives of urban teenagers. An important focus of the Center for Urban Education is on establishing and evaluating faith-based programs for talented urban youth.
Through its mission statement and objectives, the Center for Urban Education supports the Mission of Siena College and its Strategic Plan – both of which recognize the importance of strengthening academic programs and enhancing student involvement and engagement.
The Center for Urban Education is a joint venture among academic programs in the School of Business, School of Science and School of Liberal Arts with direct accountability to the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy.
The Center for Urban Education’s programs are centered on the concept of Arete. Arete is a Greek term that most closely translates in English to mean excellence. As used by the Greeks, the idea of Arete involves individuals using all of their abilities and potentials to enable them to excel in carrying out all that they do. In short, Arete is what makes something the best of its kind. These programs are supported by Siena College, the Albany City School District and interfaith communities from Albany including the Macedonia and Union Missionary Baptist Churches.