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Nazareth Earns National Distinction for Sparking Changemakers

Published September 25, 2019

Nazareth College is one of only 26 institutions in the United States to be recognized for its commitment to accelerate changemaking by Ashoka U as part of its global #MillionsofChangemakers campaign. Ashoka U is the higher education initiative of Ashoka – the world’s largest community of changemakers. Ashoka defines a changemaker as anyone who takes action to address a problem, activate others, and work towards solutions for the good of all. Changemakers continuously notice challenges and cultivate solutions in their family, community, workplace, sector, or country.

As part of the campaign, Nazareth is making a commitment to building Changemaker Pathways that connect its students with curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their commitment to changemaking. Changemaker qualities, competencies, and student learning outcomes will be embedded in first year programming, honors programming, and a forthcoming social innovation course with the goal of graduating students that have the knowledge, skills, experience and volition to advance changemaking. 

Nazareth’s commitment is one of 73 commitments announced by leading academic institutions, ecosystem building organizations, and individuals in 14 countries who are working together to spark and accelerate more than 200,000 changemakers.

“Even with this intention, community engaged learning is sometimes siloed within certain professions and disciplines,” said Adam Lewandowski, associate director in the Center for Civic Engagement. “The proposed Changemaker Pathways are designed to enable all students to develop changemaker qualities and competencies through experiential learning opportunities.  We are in the process of mapping the ASHOKA Changemaker learning outcomes with the principles and practices of our existing community engagement frameworks, and will use these aligned ethics and standards to measure our student’s growth as changemakers.”  

Nazareth College has a history of community engagement with established academic service-learning, professional community health clinics, and co-curricular service experiences. In 2018, 97% of Nazareth's undergraduates participated in some form of civic engagement during their time at the College. 

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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.