A changemaker is anyone who takes action to address a problem, activate/collaborate with others, and work toward solutions for the good of all.

The world's problems need inspired, well-educated, equity-minded leaders.

Nazareth equips you with opportunities + learning + support you need to be an effective changemaker in and out of your life's work.
Students view monuments to thousands of victims at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Connecting with civil rights changemakers inspires students

Matthew Reimann '24 understands civil rights history to work as a lawyer, judge, or elected official dedicated to justice.

Hannah Swayer works with a kindergartner on reading words

Bonner Leader program supports Hannah Swayer in educational equity work

First-year student Hannah Swayer loves working with kindergartners weekly in a city school classroom as  part of Nazareth's Partners for Learning and exploring equity issues with guidance from Nazareth's Bonner Leader program.

Why a degree in Ethical Data Science?

    Sophia Caruana '24 studies ethical data science, preparing to tackle challenges such as privacy, unfair representation, and the spread of disinformation.

    Andrew Wicklum '24

    Anti-racism class spurs action

    Andrew Wicklum '24 gained so much from a 1-credit Equitable Spaces class — Anti-racism in Community-Engaged Learning — his sophomore year that he thinks every student should take it.

    Build your empathy, global understanding, and ability to be inclusive.

    Ayat Al Sallami ’24

    Reaching out to refugees

    Ayat Al Sallami '24 (social work) interned as a case manager working with refugees at Mary's Place in Rochester, which built her communication skills, expanded her understanding of world issues and human survival, and showed her she is capable of working with people who speak different languages.

    Nicole Engel

    Community engagement and coursework

    "I want to see a world in which each child has hope for their future — that they truly believe that the possibilities are endless, and that because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. they don't have additional challenges or roadblocks." — Nicole Engel '24 works with students at Rochester's School 9 through Nazareth's Partners for Learning program and took Nazareth's Anti-racism in Community Engaged Learning course.

    Matt Krieg, a changemaker, stands outside Peckham Hall

    Pursuing equity

    Matt Krieg (physical therapy) probed the underrepresentation of Asian Americans among physical therapists. Changemaker Revolution story

     Peter Spegar '23, '25G and Aletha Jackson '22G.

    Naz partnership with Special Olympics

    Providing fitness screenings and wellness stations during a Special Olympics' competition at Naz built communication skills and knowledge for physical therapy students like Peter Spegar '23, '25G and Aletha Jackson '22G.

    Madison McIntee poses outside York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute

    Creating opportunities through a club and research

    Madison "Maddie" McIntee '22 promoted inclusivity as president of Best Buddies club on campus and through research — including autism research for Boston Children’s Hospital's cognitive neuroscience lab. Maddie's story

    Caroline Holley '23

    Students build empathy by experiencing hearing loss, isolation, and dementia

    Virtual reality simulations on campus enabled Caroline Holley '23 (music therapy) to gain new perspectives on experiencing dementia.

    Learn to care for your well-being so you can persevere.

    Amanda Foster

    Amanda Foster '22, a student-athlete, created a Morgan's Message club at Nazareth for peer-to-peer discussion about managing mental health challenges. She told the story on a Prez Paul podcast. The club continues.

    Tilly the therapy dog

    Opportunities for self-care on campus include therapy dogs multiple times a week (like Tilly, pictured), Wellness Wednesday snacks and socializing, frequent yoga classes, spiritual services and pastoral care, Zen meditation, Meditation & Mindfulness (M&M) club, health and counseling services, mental health first aid training, fitness and recreation equipment, and more.