Current Class

22 Cornell undergraduates will spend their summers contributing to community and economic development with dynamic social sector organizations in Buffalo, NY.

This June marks the ninth summer of the High Road Fellowships, an engaged learning program providing students with hands-on experience through community service, civic participation, urban immersion and applied research.

Students' projects are coordinated through the Partnership for the Public Good (PPG), a community-based think tank with over 250 richly networked partners. This year’s placements are a diverse array of organizations including those focused on civic engagement, social enterprise, poverty alleviation, arts and education, food justice and worker cooperatives.

This university-community partnership has earned the support of Engaged Cornell, making the High Road a real-world co-laboratory for ILR’s new social sector studies working group. For the first time ever the program received support from a corporate sponsor, M & T Bank. The funding is coming from the Human Resources Department of M & T rather than through their foundation because they see it as valuable to attracting young human capital to Buffalo.

Since 2009, 150 students have been awarded fellowships. The program continues to grow and attract more students from across the university and the country. This year’s cohort includes students from the ILR School, Arts & Sciences, Human Ecology and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Seven are local students from the Buffalo area and another eight are from greater New York while the rest come from Kansas, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, South Korea and Vietnam.

2017 High Road Fellows:

  • Joseph Anderson `20 ILR, Amherst, NY, Open Buffalo
  • Annabel Bacon `20 Human Ecology, Buffalo, NY, Breadhive Worker Cooperative Bakery  
  •  Maame Britwum `20 ILR, Lawrence, KS, Western New York Law Center
  • Aja Ceesay `19 ILR, Brunswick, NJ, Buffalo State College Community Academic Center
  • Jenny Chan `19 Human Ecology, Oakland Gardens, NY, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo     
  • Nathanael Cheng `20 ILR, Rydal, PA, Buffalo State College Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education
  • Kaya Coleman `20 Arts and Sciences, Perland, TX, Learning Disabilities Assoc. of Western New York     
  • Girish Jayant `19 CALS, Brooklyn, NY,  Grassroots Gardens                 
  • Emily King `20 ILR, Chagrin Falls, OH, Food Bank of Western New York
  • Aimee La France `20 ILR, Skaneateles, NY, Western New York Council on Occupational Safety & Health Worker Center
  • Lev Lascu `20 ILR, East Amherst, NY, Arts Services Initiative of Western New York                        
  • Dongyeon Lee `20 ILR, Seoul, South Korea, Westminster Economic Development Initiative                       
  • Martha Mendy `18 ILR, Rochester, NY, Jericho Road Community Health Center           
  • David Millar `19 ILR, Eden, NY Bak USA
  • Cuong Pham `20 ILR, Hanoi, Vietnam, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology                              
  • Vanessa Roga `20 ILR, Bellmore, NY, Western New York Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO                             
  • Katherine Ryan `20 ILR, Buffalo, NY, Say Yes Buffalo                            
  • Audrey Siaw-Asamoah `20 ILR, East Amherst, NY, Buffalo Arts
  • Hannah Sosenko `19 ILR, North Tonawanda, NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Rachel Whalen  `19 Arts and Sciences, Williamsville, NY, Young Audiences of Western New York
  • John Yoon `20 Arts and Sciences, Ithaca, NY, Community Action Organization of Erie County   
  • Michelle Zhao `19 ILR, Dix Hills, NY, Partnership for the Public Good