Community Partners

Public Impact through Community Partnerships

The Center for Public Scholarship & Social Change fosters collaborations across disciplines and sectors through the expertise of faculty and distinguished visitors to help empower communities to solve problems.

The foci of CCERP's public impact activities may include but are not limited Engaged Scholars, Polling & ResearchEvents, and community partnerships. In these community partnerships we support the following community organizations in the following ways:

Ambassadors for Hope

COIPNLC LogoWho they are:

A network of agencies and faith-based institutions whose respond to the needs of children who are affected my incarceration. Ambassadors for Hope strive to education and advocate about the needs of children in the Greater Lancaster area who have a parent in prison.

How is Center for Public Scholarship Involved?

The CPS provides research support to Ambassadors for Hope and connects it to other resources available, for example, students in the Public Relation classes at Millersville University.

What can I do to help?

If you would like to be involved in the work of Ambassadors for Hope, you can attend their monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of every month at 12.  Contact us for location information

Website: http://www.coipnlc.com

S.W.A.N (Scaling Walls A Note at a Time)

SWAN LogoWho they are:

Enriching the lives of children of incarcerated individuals through music and mentoring. SWAN proviCPS works with the Volunteer Central Vista to connect Millersville University students as music instructors and organizational support.

How is Center for Public Scholarship Involved?

CPS also conducts program evaluation for SWAN to document the effectiveness of the program in changing lives. des private music lessons and ensemble training for free to Lancaster area children affected by family members in prison.

What can I do to help?

Musicians: Students are needed to commit a few hours a week to teach music lessons and mentor children in Lancaster City. 
Marketing and Public Relations: Student from marketing, public relations, education and social work and anyone who has a heart for this population are always welcome to assist in the growth of SWAN through organizational support.

Website: http://swan4kids.org

PSRI Public Safety Research Institute

Who they are:

PSRI conducts public policy research on issues pertaining to crime and public safety. It is a collaborative enterprise whose active members include area colleges, governmental agencies, and community organizations.

How is Center for Public Scholarship Involved?

Dr. Mary Glazier is the director of PSRI and engages students in public policy research. Current projects include research with the Lancaster Bureau of Police Violence Reduction Initiative and past research can be found at http://www.lancasterpsri.org/reports.php

What can I do to help?

If you would like to work with PSRI for a research class, senior thesis or other ways, please contact Dr. Glazier.  You are also welcome to attend the monthly meetings on Friday mornings at 9am.  Please contact us for details.

Website: http://www.psrilancaster.org/

Lancaster Community Safety Coalition

LCSCWho they are:

The LCSC enhances Lancaster’s community safety through video safety, safety by design, and mobilizing the community.

How is Center for Public Scholarship Involved?

CPS connects students with community mobilization efforts and research support. Currently CPS is working with PSRI to do research on the effectiveness of the video safety initiative of LCSC.

What can I do to help?

Students are needed to help with community mobilization.  Community mobilization consists of going into the community to distribute fliers, conduct informal interviews, and more.  If you are bilingual, we can put your skills to good use.

Website: http://www.lancastercsc.org

LVCRI Lancaster Violent Crime Reduction Initiative

Who they are:

LVCRI uses a deterrence project with the goal of reducing violent crime, promote community mobilization, and improve police-community relations.

How is Center for Public Scholarship Involved?

The CPS engaged Millersville University Professors in research on crime in Lancaster City and researching the effectiveness of the program.

What can I do to help?

Contact us if you would like to help out with community mobilization and follow-up research.

LHOP Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership

LHOP LogoWho they are:

LHOP cultivates partnerships and resources to increase the availability of quality, fair and affordable housing throughout Lancaster County.

How is Center for Public Scholarship Involved?

CPS works with LHOP in collaboration of community mobilization and research in the Southwest Neighborhood Improvement Program.

What can I do to help?

Contact us.

Website: http://www.lhop.org

Reentry Management Organization

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Who they are:

A network of community and faith based organization working together to provide services that extend the resources of the criminal justice system in transitioning former inmates into the community.  The goal is to achieve safer communities through the reduction of recidivism.

How is Center for Public Scholarship Involved?

The CPS conducted research on recidivism and co-sponsored “Pull of Gravity” film showing at Millersville University.

What can I do to help?

Contact us.

Website: http://www.lancastercountyreentry.org/

Center for Community Peacemaking

Who they are:

The Center for Community Peacemaking is a restorative justice program provides facilitated dialog to victims and youth offenders, and services to reduce reoffending.

How is Center for Public Scholarship Involved?

The CPS is working with the Center for Community Peacemaking to promote greater awareness of restorative justice programs.

What can I do to help?

If you are interested in being actively involved in the Center for Community Peacemaking you can take their mediation trainings (See website) to become volunteer facilitators or contact us to find out more ways to be involved.

Website: http://www.ccp.org/