Community Service, Campus Ministry, Spirituality
Changing the World
Study. Mission. Community. Prayer.
The Four Dominican Pillars at the heart of a Mount education; the foundation that empowers our students to leave their mark on the world. Groups and activities in service work, campus ministry and spirituality — critical components of a Dominican education — inspire our students to grow into the changemakers of the future: informed, connected and reflective women committed to social justice.
Praying before class helps us take time to reflect on what’s going on in the world outside the Mount.
The Siena Community Service program empowers each student to understand the experience and responsibility of helping others. The program, based on the Corporal Works of Mercy, inspires students to carry forth the Dominican traditions. As students discover, respond to and become more personally involved with the needs of others, they learn that service is a privilege and an opportunity for growth.
Students can engage in service work both on- and off-campus. Examples of places in which students have completed Siena hours include food pantries, nursing homes, hospitals, parishes, animal shelters, and community resource centers.
We encourage students to seek out opportunities in which they can use their talents to help others; for example, students who excel in English can tutor children in an underfunded school. However, we also encourage students to engage in service work that challenges their ways of thinking and allows them to grow through stretching themselves.
The Siena service experience, a requirement for graduation, begins in freshman year and culminates in a senior-year reflective writing assignment. Each year, students undertake a specified number of hours of community service. The number of hours increases with each year, and the service moves from on-campus to off-campus.
The Dominican Preaching Team allows students to continue in the important tradition of our founders - the Dominican Order, which is also known as the Order of Preachers. Students have the opportunity to develop and practice their preaching skills, lead the Mount community in prayer and serve important roles during liturgies.