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How to Get Involved

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There are countless ways for students to become involved in civic engagement initiatives. The Center for Civic Engagement includes the Department of Community Service, the Center for Service Learning and the Professional Internship Program.

Civic Engagement Opportunities

Center for Service Learning

  • Several academic departments offer Service Learning opportunities.
  • An example of interdisciplinary service learning: The North-Star Service Project

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Department of Community Service

The Partners for Learning program connects Nazareth students with the children, teachers, and staff of seven urban sites. The program presents opportunities like working in classrooms, after-school tutoring, working one-on-one with students and more.

  • Partners for Serving is an opportunity for students to get paid through Work Study or campus employment while serving at human service agencies in the city of Rochester.
  • SOAR is a new residential program at Nazareth for students looking to become civically engaged leaders. Eight first-year students are selected. They live on the same floor of the residential hall while participating in community service projects and more throughout the year.
  • Students can become a tutor/mentor to a Rochester City High School Student through the Homework Help. This program brings a group of students to the Nazareth campus every Wednesday.
  • Students who live on the Service Floor in George Hall become campus service leaders by organizing community service programs and opportunities.
  • Students have the opportunity to partake in a year of service after graduation by becoming involved in AmeriCorps*VISTA programs through New York Campus Compact and Rochester Youth Year.

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Professional Internship Program

The Professional Internship Program (PIP) is a semester work experience worth academic credit, where students apply what they have been learning throughout their Nazareth in an employment setting.

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Other Opportunities Around Campus

Leeds International Service Exchange is a chance for Nazareth students, faculty and staff to participate in service abroad.

  • Through a variety of speakers, events and community programs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs exposes Nazareth students to the Rochester community and different cultures.

Clubs on campus incorporate service:

  • Psych Club
    • Adopt-a-floor program, interact with patients at psychiatric hospital
  • Rotaract
    • Volunteer with Ronald McDonald House
    • Create and send Valentines and Christmas Cards for soldiers
    • Organize local canned food drives
  • Women and Gender Studies
    • Volunteer in shelters for female survivors of domestic violence
  • French Club
    • Organize bake sales and donate proceeds to various charities.
    • Offer poetry contests that include Rochester High school students
  • Nursing Club
    • Volunteer at MS walk and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
  • Class Leadership Clubs
    • Facilitate food drives at campus-wide events, giving proceeds to various charities
    • Organize campus-wide events, which bring the campus together while benefitting the greater Rochester community: Tic Toc around the clock, Dodgeball tournament, Halloween 5k for lung cancer, Bachelor Auction
  • ASWS
    • Sponsor "The Annual Rake," Hoodies for Haiti, Cards for seniors, School supply drive
  • CSDA - Communication Sciences and Disorders Association
    • Organize a fundraising dinner for Golisano Children's Hospital - over 300 attendees each year
    • Volunteer with Al Sigl Walk, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Autism Walk, Rochester Special Olympics, Letters to Soldiers
  • History Club
    • Sponsor a Cemetery Clean-up project, clothing drive to benefit Goodwill, as well as a bottle drive to benefit Goodwill
  • Go Green!
    • Organize volunteer efforts around environmental issues
  • Gerontology Club
    • Collaborate with a local church for a can and bottle drive
    • Volunteer with the Alzheimer's Memory Walk, Friendly Home, etc.
    • Create flower pens for Elderly group
    • Bring in local Authors and speakers for Alzheimer patients

Department Involvement (Example: Music)

Numerous departments integrate service and outreach into their curriculum. One such example is as follows:

Music Department:

  • MENC (Music Educators National Conference) events: Nazareth's Music Department hosts several community events each year (competitions, meetings, teacher's workshops).
  • MENC club: Perform at local libraries for Story Time Band, collect used musical instrument to donate to Rochester schools
  • Vocal Festival: Annual event, sponsored by the music department, open to the Community. Concerts, Master Classes, workshops for National Association of Teachers of Singing, Barbara Staropoli Voice competition.
  • String Festival: Annual event, open to the Community, aimed at area string players and string programs.
  • Rochester Flute Association Annual Flute Fair: Nazareth music department hosts this event whenever possible. Open to NYS flute players, teachers, and amateurs. Concerts, workshops, competitions, guest artists.
  • Summer Kodaly Workshops: Nazareth music department hosts classes for area music teachers in Kodaly teaching methods.
  • Piano Festivals: Various events hosted by the Nazareth music department annually (usually 3 times per year), for New York State Teachers of Music (NYSTMA), with emphasis on events for piano teachers and students.
  • Nazareth Community Music Program: Open admission. Private instruction, concerts, classes, competitions. Many of our students participate in this program, and several faculty also.
  • Music education faculty now provide a teacher's support group for local music teachers.
  • Individual students and faculty members regularly volunteer to fill needs in the community on a regular basis (St. Joseph's House, Sojourner House, Jewish Community Center, to name a few examples).
  • Student and faculty ensembles volunteer to play solo and ensemble concerts at nursing homes, retirement communities, etc.

Department Involvement (Example: Communication Sciences and Disorders)


Nazareth Speech & Language Clinic: Speech-language therapy services for 55 children Contact: Susan Irish, Coordinator of Operations

Nazareth Aphasia Clinic: Speech-language therapy for adults who have had strokes or traumatic brain injury. Serves 51 adults currently Contact: Merideth Rao, Aphasia Clinic Manager

Nazareth Clinic Speech, Language, Hearing, and Auditory Processing Evaluations: Students and faculty working in the Clinic will conduct 14 evaluations in March. Contact: Susan Irish, Coordinator of Operations


Tutoring/language support for refugee children through Mary's Place: CSD undergrad and graduate students are seeing 25 children each week. Contact: Sue Kwiatkowski

Speech-language therapy at Holy Rosary: Graduate students see 45 children a week at this site. Contact: Sue Kwiatkowski

The Smile Dinner in April will involve dozens of CSD students and hundreds of attendees, and will raise several thousand dollars for the Craniofacial Team of the Golisano Children's Hospital. Contact: Mary Sweeney

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