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Nazareth College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
4245 East Ave
Rochester, New York 14618
(585) 389-2525
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School Information
"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." The college also employs over 500 faculty. (Source: (Source:
General Information
The college is the first college to partner with 540WMain Inc., a nonprofit which promotes antiracist education. The program will provide virtual workshops and resources on racial and social justice. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The college has provided students and faculty with a. repository of universal DEI resources.
Disciplinary Measures
  • As part of the College’s restorative justice process, the bias reporting and response process holds people “accountable to recognize harm that’s been done and to take responsibility for harming others, and the community has a chance for healing and rebuilding trust.”
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Over the Winter in 2021, the college explained its reasons for creating an "Anti-Racist Campus."
  • The college hosted Dr. Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J. to discuss "The Spiritual Work of Anti-Racism: An Ignatian Way of Discerning Justice For Everyone" at a speaker event.
  • The Center for Civic Engagement sponsored an introductory discussion to antiracist policies.
Program and Research Funding
  • As part of its diversity, equity, and inclusion work, Nazareth College offered a week-long Civil Rights Journey for students, faculty and staff in January 2022.
  • The College is hosting a year-long dialogue series starting Fall 2023 on belonging, inclusion, diversity, and equity that is sponsored by the Office of Culture, Community, and Belonging.
  • The College will be hosting the 2024 Global Citizenship Conference on March 20, 2024 to cover Interfaith, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Nazareth College students will now be able to partner with a nonprofit to learn more about social and racial justice workshops, which include courses like "Introduction to Anti-racism Practice" and "What to Black Women is the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment?"
  • The college is hosting "Solidarity and Social Justice Retreats."
  • Each semester four Equitable Spaces (EQS) courses are offered that address anti-racism, social justice, privilege, power, equity, and inclusivity.
  • Although an anti-racism course offered at Nazareth College made a student feel “out of his comfort zone,” he created an anti-racism project for his final presentation and now considers himself an “anti-racist” and sees himself as a “rowdy changemaker” that will advocate for racial justice.
  • Through the course offerings and opportunities, Nazareth College equips students to become “effective changemakers” and “equity-minded leaders.” The College highlights its students’ social justice and equity advocacy efforts.
  • The Culture, Community, and Belonging area at Nazareth College has multiple offices that collaborate to “confronting inherent privilege, power, and marginalization to achieve equity, social justice, and belonging for all — across a continuum of visible and invisible differences.”
  • The College has a Diversity Council that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion across the school and is composed of representatives from each of the many diversity clubs on campus.
  • The Nazareth College Department of Social Work Student Handbook has a departmental statement on Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, highlighting its commitment towards anti-racist practices and challenging systems of oppression.
Symbolic Actions
  • In December 2021, students protested "over concerns about racism and a lack of diversity on campus."
  • Nazareth College was awarded the 2023-2024 Equity and Inclusion College of Distinction award from Best Colleges.
Last updated November 5th, 2023
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