Center For Public Scholarship And Social Change
About the Center
The Center for Public Scholarship & Social Change brings together teams of faculty, students, and members of the community to engage collaboratively in research for public purposes. Aiming to leverage the ability for shared research on public issues, the Center for Public Scholarship lends assistance and expertise in identifying research issues, developing research designs, collecting data, writing up results, disseminating results, and working with policymakers and practitioners to resolve issues affecting local, regional, and global communities.
Goals for the Center include the following:
- organize and direct focused research on public issues and develop new models, provide expertise, create linkages to support public impact activities, and help initiate and guide public policy decision-making;
- collaborate with community organizations to define and prioritize the issues on which such research focuses;
- help raise the level of public awareness about and responsiveness to public issues;
- coordinate faculty and visitor colloquia, workshops, and conferences to bring awareness to and support the development of community-based scholarship; and
- offer funding opportunities for individual faculty members, visitors, students and student organizations to subsidize community-based research activities.
Amy Mitchell: Research Assistant
Christopher Thomas: Graduate Assistant
Laddie Springer: Research Fellow
Camila Huber: Research Fellow (on leave to study abroad)
Kristin Sharp: Research Fellow
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News from the Center
Since 2015, Compass Mark has housed a Family Services Advocate for children who have a parent in prison. Collaboration between the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change and Ambassadors for Hope brought county attention to the needs of children with a parent in prison leading Lancaster County Commissioners to provide financial support.
March 15, 2016 - Millersville’s Dr. Mary Glazier was on Smart Talk with representatives from Ambassadors for Hope and Compass Mark to discuss the needs of children with a parent in prison. Listen to the archived program at http://www.witf.org/smart-talk/
- Article about Ambassadors for Hope: How Lancaster County Prison is helping moms and dads in jail build bonds with kids
- Editorial about Ambassadors for Hope: Program helping the children of parents incarcerated at Lancaster County Prison does important work
- Featured Article: County to Look at Needs of Children whose Parents are in Prison
- Parents behind bars- Children left in their wake
- Opinion: The Children of Incarcerated Parents need an Advocate
- Article about the community response: Christmas wishes touch of spirit of giving here
- Article about the County Commissioners vote: Children of Prisoners to get Special Services Advocate
- Article about Family Advocate: 'A LIFESAVER' Advocate program meets needs of kids with incarcerated parents, but faces uncertainty
- Article about DMC: An Evaluation of the Youth/Law Enforcement DMC Forum
- Article about Dr. Glazier and the Center: MU professor Mary Glazier leads student
researchers into real-world projects
At the request of the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change and the Lancaster Safety Coalition (LSC), Millersville Communication and Theatre students Michael Rapak, Haley Shiner, and Jessica File produced this short film in support of the (LSC).