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Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Learning Apart, Growing Together: High Road Graduation Showcase

The 2021 High Road and Democracy Summer Fellows will celebrate their graduation showcase on Friday, July 30th beginning at 9:15am ET.
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Learning Apart, Growing Together: High Road Graduation Showcase

Welcome 2021 High Road and Democracy Summer Fellows!

The High Road Fellowship welcomed 22 incredible Cornell undergraduate students with a jam-packed orientation on Monday June 7th. This summer marks the 13th year of the High Road Fellowships and the 3rd year for the Democracy Summer Fellowships.
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Welcome 2021 High Road and Democracy Summer Fellows!

Buffalo Co-Lab to Host High Road Policy Summit

Elected officials and expert advocates will discuss envisioning and advancing policies that combat racial and economic inequality.
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Buffalo Co-Lab to Host High Road Policy Summit

Research and Policy

High Road Policy
An ILR Buffalo Co-Lab Initiative

High Road Policy contributes actionable insights to contemporary policy and political discourses in and beyond the regions and communities of Upstate New York.

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Read the Blog

Buffalo Commons

The Partnership for the Public Good and Cornell University have created a public commons for collective knowledge sharing, impactful applied research, and public policy development. Buffalo Commons is both an in-person platform, fostering these relationships and an online tool, sharing the knowledge of the local area via reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, radio shows, and artistic expressions. Collaborative and democratic in design and purpose, Buffalo Commons hosts a diverse network of faculty, students, practitioners, and community partners.

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Good DEEDs

Data for Equitable Economic Development and Sustainability, or Good DEEDS, is an initiative of the Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations (ILR) Buffalo Co-Lab. When fully operational, Good DEEDS will function as a public data repository coupled with High Road Policy, a quarterly issue memorandum and continuous blog.

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COVID-19 Response

Buffalo Commons virtual convening support, upcoming virtual workshops, blog posts, and opportunities to submit research requests and to help us document stories of community groups taking the lead in a time of crisis.

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Student Opportunities

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High Road Fellowship

The High Road Fellowship is an annual program with common features every year:

  • Creative individual project work
  • Group experience of urban immersion in arts, culture, history, neighborhoods, politics and economy of a great rust belt city
  • Skill building, teamwork and leadership development
  • Application of academic learning to practical reality

Every year is unique as the High Road is a journey through current events, new development projects, evolving challenges, and everyday innovation and change.

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Careers in Public Service

Careers in Public Service will provide coursework, internships, programming, engaged learning, policy forums and networking activities to generate interest and appreciation for civil society, democracy and public service for Cornell students.

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More Opportunities

Find out more about course work and research opportunities to current students.

Buffalo Commons also offer free training workshops to the general public.