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Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation

An epicenter of collaborative learning.

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Intentionally created at the intersection of the five academic schools, the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation (GCCI) will integrate cross-disciplinary scholarship and experiential learning through its four main focus areas: our Engaged Scholars Honors Community, Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows, the Center for Academic Innovation, and the Knowledge Park. These people and projects will enhance the student experience and greater York community, acting as dynamic catalysts and laboratories for project-based learning where industries and students work together. They will also draw on our already established academic programs, while continuing these transformational efforts to strengthen local, regional, and national partnerships for job creation and scholastic excellence.

Project-Based Learning, Evolved

The Knowledge Park, to be located on York College’s North campus, will provide a home base for the internal and external partners who make up the GCCI. These partners will create an ecosystem for research and high-impact learning, fostering valuable job creation and learning environments. The Park will have direct, positive impacts on both the College community and greater York economy, hosting special programs and events and attracting and retaining tech ventures and the opportunities they create.

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“I applied for the Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows program because the description summarized exactly what I was looking for in college and in my future. A variety of backgrounds, majors, interests, and ideas fill the students of this program. Opportunities and experiences much beyond the classroom setting are a common occurrence. Faculty members work alongside the students as both mentors and fellow learners. Global travel experiences are a benefit of the program, and I love to travel, to meet new people and delve into new cultures and lifestyles. Students are leaders and in charge of their own benefits from the program; they’re pushed to be open-minded, inventive, collaborative, and excited to learn, create, teach, and live.”

– Kasey Drzewiecki, Nursing Major

Investment Opportunities

  • Multiple naming opportunities available for the Knowledge Park
  • Student Collaborative Research Grants – minimum of $25,000 to endow, or $2,000 annually for 5 years
  • Student Innovation Grants – minimum of $25,000 to endow, or $2,000 annually for 5 years
  • Diversity Scholarships – minimum of $25,000 to endow, or $2,000 annually for 5 years
  • Student Global Studies Grants – minimum of $25,000 to endow, or $2,000 annually for 5 years
  • Student Research Grants – minimum of $25,000 to endow, or $2,000 annually for 5 years
  • Student Enrichment Grants – minimum of $25,000 to endow, or $2,000 annually for 5 years
  • Speakers – minimum of $25,000 to endow, or $2,000 annually for 5 years

A Multifaceted Investment

The GCCI includes four central components: Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows, the Center for Academic Innovation, the York Engaged Scholars, and the Knowledge Park. These components work together to achieve the strategic goals of the College.

The GCCI has evolved naturally from York College’s most distinctive features. Our innovative curricular and co-curricular offerings nurture active, project-based learning and other high-impact educational practices. As the student arm of the GCCI, Fellows contribute to the Center’s mission of supporting innovation through collaboration. Through hands-on curricular and co-curricular activities based on human-centered design (Design Thinking), they further hone these talents.  Our Scholars programs provide students with ways to customize their education and to support their personal and professional success. And our Knowledge Park is a natural next step toward inviting collaboration with business and community leaders. Together, these three components will build upon our status as the anchor educational institution of the region.

The GCCI represents both a physical space and concept. Its physical location will enhance opportunities for students and faculty to interact with local businesses and organizations, supporting the York College mission of hands-on learning. As a concept, it will encourage inter-school collaborations and high-impact educational practices that will make York College the school of choice for students seeking an institution that prepares them for “productive and purposeful lives” and which readies them “to compete in dynamic and global environments” (York College Mission and Vision).

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