Distinguish every stage of the Nazareth education through engaged learning with social and community impact, from local to global.


  • To holistically educate undergraduate and graduate students for social change by guaranteeing signature experiences that cohesively integrate community, classroom, and co-curricular experiences
  • To cultivate a collaborative culture of engagement that learns from and nourishes our local and global communities by unifying spaces, structures, and processes
  • To become a national model for equitable, accessible, and reciprocal partnerships that drive learning and change for all
  • To achieve equitable access, support and outcomes in experiential learning
  • To build an engaging and transformational student experience through active and inclusive pedagogy
Matthew Reimann stands near waterfall

SPARK Experiences

Students like Matthew Reimann '24 (pictured) use the Nazareth SPARK Grant for life-changing internship, research, or international experiences.

SPARK stories


What’s happening?

  • Working Group will be focused on building capacity for and celebrating current excellence in active and inclusive pedagogy, and in community-engaged learning.
Paige Lee with stringed instruments behind her at school repair shop

Providing access to music

As part of an honors capstone project, music education major Paige Lee '22 volunteered at an instrument repair shop at a city high school and began to see herself as a changemaker.

Her story

Recognition for Naz clinics

Sarha Smith-Moyo wins NY Social Work Education Association student of the year

Addressing social justice, homelessness

Nazareth student Sarha Smith-Moyo is a leader in the classroom and community — with a passion for social justice and responding to the homelessness crisis. Her activism earned her NY Social Work Education Association Student of the Year honors. News story »


Students learn & gain experience during more than 15,000 visits each year to Nazareth's on-campus clinics for creative arts therapy (art, music, and play), nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, public health, social work, and speech-language pathology and audiology.

Prof. Marie Bell uses stethoscope with STEM campers

Enabling girls to explore STEM

Nazareth professor Amber Charlebois, Ph.D., used an American Association of University Women fellowship to provide a summer science camp focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to underserved middle school girls, assisted by other Naz faculty and students.

Pictured: Marie Bell, Ed.D., Nazareth assistant professor of nursing, shows campers how to use a stethoscope during the camp.

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Student team presents ideas at Social Innovation Hack-a-Thon.

Social Innovation Hack-a-Thon

Nazareth's annual Social Innovation Hack-A-Thon connects students with social innovators, shares changemaking knowledge and skills, and provides an experiential learning opportunity to brainstorm approaches to pressing local and global challenges.

One student attendee said she realized the need to collaborate with people affected by a problem, or your solution won't work.

Meaghan de Chateauvieux poses at the Willow center.

Service above self

Meaghan de Chateauvieux ’03 has a passion for equity and human rights and is now president and CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center. She reflects on how her college experiences helped prepare her.

Her story »