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.

2021-2022 Programs

In 2021-2022, Alt Breaks are preparing to travel during January and March breaks. 

Focus Areas will be community revitalization efforts and immigration on the U.S./Mexico border, and Native American and Indigenous Nations as well as youth development.  

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. 


Thursday, September 16th 12:10 - 1:00 pm, GAC 122

Friday, September 24th 4:00 - 5:00 pm, GAC 122

Monday, September 27th 7:00 - 8:00 pm, GAC 122

Alternative Break Parameters

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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