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Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) promotes the College's positive relationship with the local community and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in York County.

The CCE strives to make York College an active community stakeholder.

We offer College intellectual and human resources toward shared benefit. We participate in efforts to make the York region a vibrant place to live, work, play, and learn. And we develop and administer programming that helps York College students to be good citizens and servant leaders, in keeping with our college motto: To serve is to live.

The CCE is the primary liaison among York College faculty, students and community leaders. It collaborates with government agencies, non-governmental and non-profit organizations to promote research, service, and economic development initiatives.

The Center also administers unique educational initiatives such as the Graham Innovation Scholars, the Appell Arts Fellows, and Eisenhart Community Scholars.

The Center’s key goals and initiatives include:

  • Establishing, developing, and managing community partnerships by engaging faculty and students in the shared work of creating a more vibrant York;
  • Educating York College students in leadership, service, and socially responsible entrepreneurship and preparing them to engage in community-based learning;
  • Coordinating opportunities for faculty and students to engage in experiential learning through community engagement activities;
  • Supporting efforts that provide equitable access to high-quality education to all York families;
  • Fostering economic development efforts that will benefit both our students and the broader community;
  • Enhancing the educational attainment of citizens of the York region through continuing education and workshops;
  • Engaging students in undergraduate research opportunities at the College and in the Community;
  • Participating in and supporting community programming and events in York.

Dominic DelliCarpini, Ph.d, Dean of the Center for Community Engagement.

DelliCarpini (B.A., University of Pennsylvania, M.A. and Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University) is the Naylor Endowed Professor of Writing Studies and a nationally recognized expert in writing and civic engagement.

DelliCarpini’s numerous publications and presentations have focused upon civic engagement (including his book, Composing a Life’s Work: Writing, Citizenship, and your Occupation) and its relationship to the actions of an informed, literate citizenry.

DelliCarpini has also edited two textbooks: Conversations: Readings for Writers and Issues: Readings in Academic Disciplines. He is currently completing work on the 11th edition of the Prentice Hall Guide to Writing with Dr. Stephen Reid, to be published in early 2016.

DelliCarpini has served in a number of leadership positions at the College, in the community, and nationally.

At York College, he is the founding Director of the Graham Scholars Program and of the Naylor Workshop on Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies, which attracts students from all around the U.S. to York for this intensive academic workshop.

DelliCarpini serves in leadership positions on numerous community initiatives and task forces.  He is currently a Board Director for the York County Community Foundation and the Cultural Alliance of York County. He also chairs the Moving Plans into Action Advisory Committee for Downtown, Inc. in York City.  

Nationally, he is currently the Vice President of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators; he will serve as President of that organization starting in 2017. He also serves as an officer of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Before his current appointment, he served for 5 years as York College’s Chief Academic Officer, and 13 years as Writing Program Administrator, where he developed a successful major in Professional Writing. 


The York College Campus Office for the Center for Community Engagement is located in the Humanities Center, Room 29. 

Beginning Fall 2016, The Center will also maintain an office in downtown York at 59 E. Market St.

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Please contact for an appointment.

Contact Us

Dominic DelliCarpini, Ph.D

Dean, Center for Community Engagement

Phone: 717-815-1231 or 717-815-1303

Email:  cce@ycp.edu