A Center of Resources Here To Empower You

It’s natural to want to see your community become a better place to live. Our goal with The Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster County was to create an authentic space that encourages participatory democracy, which at its heart is about giving the community agency in identifying and solving local challenges.
Join The Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster

We were founded on the idea that effective change comes about when everyone collaborates and brings all their skills to the table. Using models of engaged scholarship, The Center exists to connect active partners like you with researchers and intellectual capital, so we can create initiatives that will sustain justice, equity, and communal well-being across Lancaster.

our mission

What Does Getting Involved Look Like?

We’re happy to support the community in whatever way is best, and after you reach out we’ll dialogue to understand your vision and where it fits among our three pillars of focus:

Poverty & Social

Poverty & Social Inequality


Environmental Sustainability

Social Practice
& Community Based Art

Social Practice & Community-Based Art

From there, we’ll help you find a way to get involved in the initiatives that speak to your passion and match you to a faculty member at F&M who can help support your work.

Our Team

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Our Programs

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Leadership Award

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Meet Our Leadership Team

Daniel R. Ardia
Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of the Faculty Biology, Science, Technology And Society, Biological Foundations Of Behavior
Eve Bratman
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Department of Earth and Environment