Where Education Meets Policymaking - YRK Magazine

Where Education Meets Policymaking

Writer brandi l. mummert
Photographer Eric Forberger

From campus to the city and beyond, York College of Pennsylvania (YCP) is strengthening the bond of student and community collaboration.

Through the YCP Center for Community Engagement (CCE), the new Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy will create opportunities for York College students to work alongside policymakers to educate and contribute to the York community. The Institute is made possible by a grant from The Arthur J. and Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation.

The Glatfelter Institute’s Public Policy Fellow Vincent Cannizzaro will work with the College’s Department of History and Political Science and the York community to analyze and discuss new policies and focuses for state and local government. Cannizzaro’s career in public policy includes work in education and health policy research for organizations such as the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“I want to talk to people who live here, who are embedded in the community, and find out what’s important to them,” Cannizzaro says. “It’s about creating equality of opportunity for people.”

During the 2017–2018 academic year, Cannizzaro will also teach two public policy courses in which students will be invited to create their own policy proposals based on topics they feel most passionate about.

CCE Dean Dr. Dominic DelliCarpini explains that the “Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy extends the mission of the Center by drawing us into community research by involving students in the process of data-driven decisions.”

As president and CEO of the Glatfelter Insurance Group, Tony Campisi believes that civic and community engagement is important. “The mission of the Institute and the Center for Community Engagement is in perfect alignment with the mission of The Arthur J. and Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation,” Campisi, chair of the CCE Advisory Council, says. “Arthur J. Glatfelter believed in sound public policy and civic engagement to make life better for the community and the world.”

Cannizzaro encourages students and community members who want to get involved in public policy courses, discussions or research to contact him at vcannizzaro@ycp.edu. “Use this opportunity to make your voice heard,” he says. “Be the future of what the city looks like.”


Join writer, educator and public policy advocate Jonathan Kozol for “An Evening with Jonathan Kozol,” Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at the Waldner Performing Arts Center on the York College campus. As part of the Glatfelter Distinguished Lecture Series, this presentation along with other community gatherings aims to engage people in a range of policy issues important to the local citizenry.

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york college of pennsylvania
  • 441 Country Club Rd. York, PA 17403
  • 717.846.7788