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Increasing hope and transforming lives through education, collaboration, innovation and service.



The Collaboratory is a center at Messiah College for applied research and project-based learning, in partnership with client non-profit organizations, businesses, governments and communities in our region and around the world. Areas of engagement include science, engineering, health, information technology, business and education. Our twofold mission is:

  • To foster justice, empower the poor, promote peace and care for the earth through applications of our academic and professional disciplines.
  • To increase the academic and professional abilities of participants, their vocational vision for lifelong servant-leadership and their courage to act on convictions.




The Collaboratory is an organization of Christian students, educators, and professionals affiliated with Messiah College. We are Christians who aspire to obey the instructions of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to love neighbors as ourselves and to share his Gospel. As God enables us to serve others today, we seek to grow as disciples of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, serve as God's stewards over the resources of our academic disciplines, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.


We believe that all people are valued and loved by God, regardless race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or any other such characteristic.


We follow all federal, state and local laws governing access and discrimination avoidance in the operation of our programs and services. Students attending the College are not required to be Christian, but all students and employees of the College are expected to respect and honor our Community Covenant.  


The Collaboratory engages frequently with partner staff and beneficiaries from various worldviews and faith backgrounds.  We do not demand that people hear any faith-based message or adhere to Christian principles before, during or after receiving assistance. The Collaboratory respects the worldviews, religious beliefs, and practices in the countries where we operate and seeks mutual understanding with all people.



For a glimpse into day-to-day operation of the Collaboratory we invite you to visit our wiki.





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