Student Life Mission and Commitment

The Division of Student Life welcomes and celebrates the uniqueness of all students in the Siena College community.  We serve as a resource, advocate and partner for student success.  We support, encourage and help students succeed personally and academically by providing student centered programs that invite all to:

  • Explore and experience our rich Franciscan and Catholic values
  • Become active, engaged and committed members of our community
  • Participate in experiences reflective of servant leadership
  • Affirm the dignity and worth of individuals while promoting the common good


The essence of Franciscan and Catholic tradition is a way of relating to people that is grounded in faith and values. Diversity, Optimism, Respect and Service provide a framework of values for the Siena College community to discuss and learn about the Franciscan tradition and its approach to fostering positive interpersonal relationships.


In our Franciscan community, diversity is an invitation to celebrate the God-given uniqueness of each individual, as well as the cultural differences that enrich us all. So,

Be unique
Be welcoming
Be open to the world


In our Franciscan community, optimism is a faith-filled affirmation of the basic goodness of life and of all men and women because, in the words of St. Francis, God our Creator is "good, all good, supremely good." So,

Be positive
Be hopeful
Be open to the future


In our Franciscan community, respect is a profound reverence for God's real presence in ourselves, in others, and in our world. So,

Be respectful of yourself
Be affirming of the dignity of others
Be caring of the environment around you


In our Franciscan community, service is paying the debt we owe to God for the gifts we have been given, by working and advocating for the well-being of all, especially the poor and marginalized. So,

Be grateful
Be generous with your time and talents
Be compassionate