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A colonial-style brick building shopfront has a embedded signage reading Gunter-Smith Center for Community Engagement, followed by the York College of Pennsylvania logo.

Urban Collaborative

The Urban Collaborative is a donor-supported initiative of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). It engages students and faculty from multiple disciplines in project-based research that tangibly supports an improved quality of life in York City. The project will move from research to action steps to revitalize distressed real estate (residential and/or commercial) in York’s neighborhoods through the empowerment of, and support for, those who live in those neighborhoods.

If you would like to learn more about this project and how to get involved, contact Dominic DelliCarpini, Dean of the Center for Community Engagement, at dcarpini@ycp.edu.

Students touring Salem Square Neighborhood
York City neighborhood


We believe that:
  • The stability of a community is enhanced by home ownership and related economic opportunities for its residents.
  • Achieving economic mobility and equity requires a combination of educational, financial, and intellectual support.
  • Economic mobility is best achieved in partnership with residents—not top-down.
  • Academic institutions can support this work with reliable data and analysis.
  • This work is mutually beneficial for our students and the community.

Learn MoreFrequently Asked Questions

  • What are the short-term goals?

    In the short term, the leadership at the Center for Community Engagement aims to:

    • Engage appropriate faculty and students (graduate and undergraduate) in the efforts of the Collaborative.
    • Work with faculty to develop course-based and co-curricular projects.
    • Provide the necessary support for this work through financial, human, and intellectual resources.
  • What are the next steps?

    The Center for Community Engagement will:

    • Work with other York College faculty and administrators to identify possible curricular and co-curricular offerings.
    • Develop specific projects for courses and co-curricular experiences that will provide both key learning opportunities for students and key data for the work of the Collaborative.
    • Develop and facilitate relationships with key community partners who will support students and faculty in their research.
    • Sponsor public presentations of research findings and discussions with community stakeholders.
  • Who will be involved?

    In addition to the leadership of the Center for Community Engagement, the Urban Collaborative will involve:

  • What are the longer-term goals?

    With support from our donor, and with the cooperation of the Redevelopment Authority and other City agencies, it is our intent to facilitate the acquisition and renovation of residential and/or commercial real estate with the goal of making that real estate available to neighborhood residents. 

  • How will the goals be accomplished?

    In order to accomplish the goals of the initiative, we will:

    1. Gather data on research areas and partners.
    2. Analyze and develop criteria for action.
    3. Create action proposals and support research studies.
    4. Acquire, rehabilitate, and facilitate the sale of property.
Contact Us
Urban Collaborative
Center for Community Engagement
Dominic DelliCarpini, Ph.D., Dean
Campus: Humanities Center, Room 29
Downtown: Center for Community Engagement
59 E. Market St., York, PA 17401
Phone: 717.815.1213