Communion by Shari Golub-Schillinger

Communion a painting donated by the artist, Shari Golub-Schillinger (Siena College, Class of 1986) to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the DORS Initiative.


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Franciscan Values and Life at Siena: The DORS Initiative


Our Vision

Our Franciscan values of Diversity, Optimism, Respect and Service (DORS) can be articulated, and are embodied, by every member of the Siena community.  DORS guides our decisions and behaviors as we put faith into action for the betterment of the world around us.

Our Mission

DORS, a Franciscan values initiative of the Division of Student Life, integrates the values and teachings of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi into the everyday lives of Siena College students.  Franciscan values serve as a lens through which to view our world and our way of being in relationship with each other.  Through discussion, modeling, and application of DORS, our community is enriched and made vibrant.  DORS ensures that our students identify with and take on a sense of responsibility for the College and each other.

Our Values

The essence of Franciscan living is a way of relating to people that is grounded in faith and values.  Diversity, Optimism, Respect and Service provide a framework 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