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High Road

The Necessity of Radical Change

Sabiha Obaid (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on systemic racism in the United States.
Black Lives Matter protest
The Necessity of Radical Change

A Subtlety, The Sugar Sphinx

Lizzie Taber (High Road Fellow 2021) shares her reflection on the Sugar Sphinx.
Sugar Sphinx
A Subtlety, The Sugar Sphinx

Juneteenth--A Step in the Direction for Social Change

Samantha Ivey (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on Juneteenth's designation as a Federal holiday.
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Juneteenth--A Step in the Direction for Social Change

Poetic Resistance in Palestine

Sabiha Obaid (High Road 2021) reflects on the Justice for Palestine movement.
To Exist Is To Resist
Poetic Resistance in Palestine

Radicalizing Race: Addressing Racism in an Increasingly Complex America

Yasmin Ballew (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the most effective action we can take to combat systemic racism.
Radicalizing Race
Radicalizing Race: Addressing Racism in an Increasingly Complex America

Achieving Progress Through Equitable Education

Salima Ali (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on educational inequality.
Cornell Proud Parents
Achieving Progress Through Equitable Education

Inequities among Healthcare Workers and Unions

Kevin Diaz (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on a CWA rally he attended in Buffalo, NY.
CWA rally in Buffalo
Inequities among Healthcare Workers and Unions

Being Tied to Buffalo’s Single Garment of Destiny

Jonathan Zheng (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on MLK's concept of an "inescapable network of mutuality."
Overlapping hands of different colors
Being Tied to Buffalo’s Single Garment of Destiny

Ways to Create Change

Salima Ali (High Road Fellow 2021) creates an infographic on taking action.
Knowing is not enough. You must take action.
Ways to Create Change

The Power of Policy Art in Reimaging Possibilities

Jonathan Zheng (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on a set of political posters illustrating the Green New Deal.
Green New Deal formatted
The Power of Policy Art in Reimaging Possibilities

For a Strong Democracy, Look Local

Katherine Ann Esterl reflects on the state of politics in the United States.
Buffalo City Hall
For a Strong Democracy, Look Local

Putting Our Work into Context

Alora Cisneroz (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on intersectionality.
Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles
Putting Our Work into Context

Underground Politics

Uwaila Odiase (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on why politics matter through the lens of the NYC subway.
Photo of High Road Fellow Uwaila Odiase
Underground Politics

The Culture Changer Who Taught Good Trouble

Katherine Ann Esterl (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the legacy of John Lewis.
Mural of John Lewis on a street corner
The Culture Changer Who Taught Good Trouble

Improve the Character of Our Society

Paul Joseph Havern (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the movement to reform the US incarceration system.
Two Black hands holding prison bars
Improve the Character of Our Society

Beyoncé and Modern Day Art Making Waves

Julia Haberfield (High Road Fellow 2021 reflects on the album Formation and High Road values.
Person laying on a police car that says New Orleans Police which is sinking
Beyoncé and Modern Day Art Making Waves

Juneteenth Through the Lens of a Vietnamese Woman

Anh Dao Truc Lam (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on Juneteenth from the positionality of a Vietnamese woman.
A group marches behind a sign that reads "Juneteenth Festival Buffalo, NY with an image of the African continent. Marchers hold up Black Liberation Flags and large cutout drawings of African masks.
Juneteenth Through the Lens of a Vietnamese Woman

High Road 2021- Still Shaping Stories Miles Away

Samantha Ivey (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the quote by Karima Amin that “Stories are everywhere, and I look for them everywhere".
Two people who are far away and both looking at their phones with a dotted arrow connecting them
High Road 2021- Still Shaping Stories Miles Away

Thinking Small: Why I’m Zooming in to Celebrate Local Government This Summer

Callie McQuilkin (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the importance of local leaders.
High Road Fellow on right with arm around icon statue of Shark Girl in Buffalo on left
Thinking Small: Why I’m Zooming in to Celebrate Local Government This Summer

Getting to Know Buffalo from New York City

Julia Haberfield (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on doing work in a city she has not yet been able to visit.
View of individuals living different lives through apartment building windows.
Getting to Know Buffalo from New York City

Community and Connectivity

Lizzie Taber (High Road Fellow 2021) describes her her work at the Citizens for Regional Transit in Buffalo, New York and inspiration to work on transit and connectivity to reduce isolation.
Above ground metro in Buffalo, New York
Community and Connectivity

coming for u, money bags

Three multiracial fists surrounded by the colors of the LGBTQIA+ movement
coming for u, money bags

Education: The Great Equalizer

Blackivystories
Education: The Great Equalizer

Oh the Places You'll Go

Oh! the Places You'll Go!
Oh the Places You'll Go

High Road Builders for a Summer to Remember

The High Road Builder awardees for this historic summer are two extraordinary women, Shannon Gleeson and Lorna Hill, whose compassion and influence cross borders and span divides.

Shannon Gleeson and Lorna Hill
High Road Builders for a Summer to Remember

Dear Future High Roader

Shea's Buffalo
Dear Future High Roader

Equity in Education

Community Schools
Equity in Education

Where are we going to go?

Classic Quality Homes
Where are we going to go?

High Road Goes Virtual, Real Results

From across the nation, ILRies work to bolster Buffalo’s future.

Greetings from Buffalo
High Road Goes Virtual, Real Results

"It's Not That Hard"

Cartoon workplace of people
"It's Not That Hard"