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Office of Residential Life

Mission, Vision, & Student Learning Outcomes

 

Mission
The Office of Residential Life advances the mission of Siena College by fostering a safe and healthy campus living environment where a culture of mutual respect and personal responsibility enhance intellectual growth and success.
 
Vision
The Office of Residential Life will provide best-practice models of residential living communities that support students’ intellectual success and also provide formative, co-curricular opportunities for social, cultural, ethical, and spiritual learning and growth. 
 
Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes
  • Provide and coordinate housing accommodations for residential students to have a meaningful college experience and to support student learning.
    • SLO: Students will demonstrate an understanding that their personal choices affect their communal living environments.
    • SLO: Students will identify as a member of an open and welcoming residential community.
  • Create safe and inclusive communities where individuals are respected and differences are celebrated.
    • SLO: Students will demonstrate an understanding that their personal choices affect their communal living environments.
    • SLO: Students will identify as a member of an open and welcoming residential community
    • SLO: Students will apply their understanding of Catholic and Franciscan values to their interactions with the residential community.
  • Provide programming for students to live within a Franciscan community highlighting opportunities for students to forge personal relationships and connections to the Siena community.
    • SLO: Students will articulate their understanding of the resources and offices available to enhance their Siena experience.
    • SLO: Students will apply their understanding of Catholic and Franciscan values to their interactions with the residential community.
  • Provide leadership opportunities and learning experiences through the Resident Assistant (RA), Residence Hall Association (RHA) and work study programs.
    • SLO: Students will develop and utilize communication and conflict resolution skills in their RA, RHA and work study positions.
    • SLO: Students will develop and apply leadership and teamwork skills in their RA, RHA and work study positions.
Values
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.
 
Diversity
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
 
Optimism
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
 
Respect
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
 
Service
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