Campus Members and Affiliates


“The Center has helped me grow and develop my research skills, as well as given me the opportunity to give back to the local community. I have the privilege to work with professors, faculty, and fellow students who share the same passion.”

- Helen Schirf, Graduate Assistant | M.S. Clinical Psychology

“Social work is a profession that utilizes research to improve services and to further the profession, and the center gives me the chance to push myself to explore this skill.”

- Rachel Preibisch | Masters of Social Work

“I am a graduate student in the School of Social Work. I joined the center to support community research and engagement by attending to the needs of marginalized people in Lancaster.”

- Dawn Watson | Masters of Social Work

“I joined the center to be able to put my learned skills to practice in order to further my own experience as well as help the Millersville community and the overall Lancaster community at large through community-engaged research.”

- Alicia Hill | Senior | Sociology | Concentration: Criminology | Minors: Government and Political Affairs, Psychology

“I joined the center because I have a passion for helping people.”

- Lauryn Holland | Sophomore | Criminology

“I hope to gain experience and exposure to different groups of people. I’m only a freshman so I haven’t been exposed to much. But from what I’ve done so far, I’ve been able to view situations from different groups of people. I hope this can help me with my future career in the Sociology field. I also hope I can learn better research skills and have a better understanding of how to help people through research.”

- Lael Marshall | Freshman | Sociology and International Studies

“I have learned how to collect and analyze data, which helps to depict the world around us with data. Working at the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change has taught me how to work towards meaningful change and help others through research.”

- David Mills | Junior | Sociology | Minor: Spanish Language Studies

“A friend recommended the center to me and I have been working there ever since. Working at the center allows me to gain skills in social research while working with fellow students who share the same passion for helping the community. ”

- Kylie Murray | Sophomore | Criminology and Anthropology | Minors: Gerontology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

“I’m a fix-it person at heart, I’ve always felt that if something wasn’t right, or could be improved then the right thing to do was put the effort and drive into making it the best it could be. The center provided me with an opportunity to put that drive to good use doing research for local partners and helping communities with said research. I’m excited to see how the efforts of the entire team are changing the world and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

- Taryn Nardi | Sophomore | Psychology and Government, Policy, and Law

“Joining the center gave me a way to help people even now as a freshman here at Millersville. I am truly honored to have an opportunity to work with these great people. ”

- Lyndsey Kregel | Freshman | Sociology and Criminology | Minor: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

“I joined the center because I wanted to get involved with a club on campus that focused on social change, and it was recommended to me by The Career Center! I am so glad that I joined because the center is making an impact on people’s lives and everyone on the team is motivated to make a difference.”

- Julissa Rodriguez | Junior | Writing Studies | Minor: Sociology

“Since joining the center, I have learned more about the research process and what all goes into conducting social research. Along with this I have gained experience with working as a team in a collaborative effort to meet deadlines. In the future I hope to gain experience in presenting research findings.”

- Amy Sheeley | Junior | Psychology | Minor: Sociology

“At CPSSC, I gained lots of experience in community research by working with MU faculty and community partners. I have learned how to network with others, conduct important research, and market organizations that strive to make positive change. I have also gained gratification in knowing I have helped to better my community.”

- Kristen Snyder | Senior | Social Work | Minor: Gerontology