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Student Affairs Mission, Vision and Values

The Division of Student Affairs at Siena College serves as a resource, advocate and partner for student learning.
We welcome and support students by fostering a safe, healthy and respectful living and learning community that embraces diversity and celebrates Siena’s Franciscan and Catholic identity. We provide transformative learning opportunities that invite and challenge students to join us in promoting the common good, affirming the dignity and worth of each individual, and engaging in experiences reflective of servant leadership. 
Members of the Division of Student Affairs at Siena College utilize the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities, together with their respective professional association standards,  to advance their work as student development professionals in catholic higher education.
The Division of Student Affairs at Siena College will be a recognized leader in establishing best-practice models for student development in Catholic higher education, by providing intentional, comprehensive and integrated programs and services to promote student growth and success in a values-oriented, faith-based learning community.
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