New @ CSEwL! 

Documenting the Undocumented: Immigrant Narratives about the Effects of COVID-19 in Lancaster County

Documenting the Undocumented explores how undocumented immigrants and people with temporary protected status (TPS) experienced the nation’s deadliest pandemic in history in Lancaster County.  

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Community Leadership Award. First three community leaders awarded

CSEwL is excited to announce the first three recipients of its Community Leadership Award—Amer Al-Fayadh, Michelle Batt, and Anita Pilkerton-Plumb. They will each receive funding for implementation of a self-designed four-month-long project focused on alleviating local issues and maximizing the impact on all members of our diverse community.

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F&M's CSEwL's Research Spotlight

Learn how F&M faculty partner with the Lancaster community to bring theory to practice in short but informative podcast episodes.

Podcast Episodes

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Social Practice and Community Engagement Artist in Residence Program

CSEwL is inviting applications for the Social Practice and Community Engagement Artist Residency program. We are looking for an emerging or mid-career artist with demonstrated experience or commitment to social practice and/or community based projects in Lancaster County and/or the City of Lancaster.  

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Community Leadership Award

The CSEwL’s Community Leadership Award supports the leadership development of individuals in Lancaster County. Three awards during an academic semester will be granted to community leaders for the implementation of  four-month long projects focused on alleviating community issues and maximize impact on all members of our diverse community. Through...

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COVID-19 Impact in Lancaster County

“It is very important that Lancaster County residents take these surveys. We want to be sure that everyone is represented. Responses will be completely confidential and no individual responses will be shared with anyone.”  Kevin Ressler, United Way of Lancaster County President and CEO

COVID-19 Assessment in Lancaster County

Meet the Leadership Team 

Executive Director
Office of the Provost



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Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology, International Studies, Public Policy



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Associate Professor of Art History
Art, Art History and Film, International Studies



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Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology, Associate Dean of the Faculty
Biology, Science, Technology and Society, Biological Foundations of Behavior



Office: LSP232B

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Our Vision 

Using models of engaged scholarship, CSEwL’s research projects and programs will ​regenerate the  intellectual and social capital essential for a thriving Lancaster that sustains justice, equity, and communal well-being across all sectors. 

CSEwL’s  governance will also reflect and promote the values of engaged research, undertaken in a spirit of reciprocity, respect, and the cultivation of democratic values.

History and Background

CSEwL aims to bring "theory to practice" to transform both the institution and the larger community in which it resides.   

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CSEwL aims to connect  faculty research with pressing regional issues. Explore faculty research topics and interests, and publications. 


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