Weider Community Engagement

Alternative Breaks

Service-based experiences provide the opportunity to deepen your awareness and understanding of a variety of social justice issues, and to partner with local organizations that are addressing those issues. Spend time with your team preparing to enter a new community in the weeks leading up to Winter or Spring Break, committing to purposeful and empathetic conversations, understanding reciprocity and the nature of service, and participating in self-reflection. During Winter or Spring semester break, travel locally or globally where you will learn and serve alongside peers and community members. Upon returning to campus, apply what you learned to social issues in Rochester and consider how to become a more active citizen in your daily life.

2022-2023 Programs

In 2022-2023, Alt Breaks are preparing to travel during January and March breaks. 

Focus Areas will include community revitalization, immigration, disaster relief, and environmental sustainability.  

Naz Alternative Breaks strives to be equitable and accessible in its programming. If accommodations are needed to complete the application or interview process, please contact Jennifer Canning, Naz Alt Breaks, (585) 389-2304, jcannin6@naz.edu to make arrangements. 


Please attend one of our Information Sessions to learn more about this year's Alt Breaks and the application process.

Tuesday, September 13th 12:10 - 1:05 pm Shults Reading Lounge
Tuesday, September 20th 7 - 8 pm GAC 135
Thursday, September 22nd 12:10 - 1:05 pm GAC 135
Wednesday, September 28th 6 - 7 pm Shults Reading Lounge

Alternative Break Parameters

Cost to Student
Information Sessions
Program Participants
How to Apply
Program Requirements
Program Goals

Naz Alternative Breaks is part of the nation-wide Break Away organization, and follows its guiding principles of trips that include intentional preparation, continuous reflection, and a commitment to service beyond the trip experience.

Experiential Learning

Some short-term opportunities are an approved pathway for Experiential Learning, which is one component of the Uncommon Core at Naz.

Learn more

  • Break Away national organization
  • Campus Compact Global Service Learning partnership for global learning and cooperative development.
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Active Citizenship Continuum