ACE Mission

Our Mission

Academic Community Engagement (ACE) develops and supports academically grounded, sustainable, developmental, multifaceted, community partnerships that connect students, faculty, staff and community members with the needs and assets of the Capital Region and beyond through community engagement. In the tradition of St. Francis, we place the creation and acquisition of knowledge in dialogue with the needs and assets of the greater community through our reciprocal partnerships. ACE echoes the life of St. Francis by engaging all community members in co-creation of knowledge and community change. ACE, together with others, builds a campus culture of service that values the contribution of diverse voices within and beyond campus.


As a Franciscan community, Siena strives to embody the vision and values of St. Francis of Assisi. Within Academic Community Engagement, Francis inspires us to commit to building a world that is more just, peaceable, and humane. In his time, Francis encountered a variety of people and situations that inspired him to work alongside the poor and marginalized. They showed Francis a meaningful life of service and Francis taught his brothers how to live this life. Academic Community Engagement strives to carry forward the tradition of Francis. Our variety of programs give faculty, staff, students, and volunteers the opportunity to become a modern day Francis - learning about social justice issues and being part of a community-based solution.

ACE DEEP Service Principles

  • Build infrastructure of academic support services
  • Build capacity of organizations so they can meet the needs of their clients
  • Create a multifaceted approach and collaborative community based solution approach
  • Establish developmentally oriented partnerships
  • Integrate academic pathways with experiential learning
  • Encourage students to reflect on their participation in community partnerships