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

High Road Fellows

Victor Rosas

Before I only truly understood the High Road as it pertained to theory—what scholars or journalists had to say about change from the community. The High Road program offered me a practical, engaged learning experience where I could ask questions to the people making change in Buffalo.
Victor
Victor Rosas

Uwaila Odiase

I learned about the different ways I can actively advocate right now. Prior to the fellowship, I felt constricted in many ways due to my age. However, I now realize that my interactions with people are far more important than I give credit for.
Uwaila
Uwaila Odiase

Samantha Ivey

This summer I have learned so much more about how to create a positive change in the world. Before my High Road experience, I feel that I had a great awareness of world problems but now I feel that I have a better understanding of world solutions.
Samantha
Samantha Ivey

Sam Curtis

Throughout the High Road, I have learned about the various ways social and political institutions perpetuate inequality and the ways we can take action to reduce these barriers.
Sam
Sam Curtis

Salima Ali

I learned that one of the greatest keys to creating change is knowing the community that you're creating change for. The High Road programming helped prevent us from developing savior complexes when trying to create impact.
Salima Ali
Salima Ali

Sabiha Obaid

High Road has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and interact with the people around me. Everyone has their own individual stories and we can learn from each other. It also made me fall in love with Buffalo.
Sabiha
Sabiha Obaid

Raquel Zohar

I have learned the importance of reflection and connection. It is one thing to say that you care about High Road values but it is another to actively work to better communities and shared society for all.
Raquel
Raquel Zohar

Paul Havern

I have taken for granted the knowledge of my community members on so many topics, but the High Road has shown me how much value exists in any person's neighborhood. I cannot wait to take this message with me in my professional and academic career.
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Paul Havern

Nabiha Qureshi

Interacting with participants in trainings and meetings narrowed the gap between my efforts and the impact of my efforts. This is a valuable experience for anyone who feels a disconnect between their labor and the results of their labor.
Nabiha
Nabiha Qureshi

Margot Treadwell

I learned the importance of considering a whole community. I never really understood the power of coalition building until I can to the High Road.
Margot
Margot Treadwell

Kevin Diaz

I learned the importance of mobilizing and organizing a union. The High Road has inspired me in a positive way by allowing me to see for myself the impact that grassroots organizations can have.
Kevin Diaz
Kevin Diaz

Katherine Esterl

Community engagement is everything. And that doesn't mean making decisions for others. It means listening to the communities most affected by policies, building coalitions, and supporting advocacy toward a common goal.
Katherine
Katherine Esterl

Julia Haberfield

I ended my virtual Freshman year a bit frustrated in the lack of passion for things I care about among the few students I met. High Road flipped that around and introduced me to students who are extremely dedicated and interested in all things community engagement, research, and exploration.
Julia
Julia Haberfield

Jonathan Zheng

Despite the constant doom-and-gloom of injustice and the apparent immobility of progress, the High Road has inspired me by seeing how organizations, activists, and, most importantly communities, persist and continue to fight tooth-and-nail against systemic forces of oppression.
Jonathan
Jonathan Zheng

Harry Ducrepin

The most inspiring lesson and my biggest takeaway is that learning is continuous. We never stop learning and expanding our ability to learn, but we restrict our willingness to learn. High Road has inspired me to actively seek new opportunities to learn, because there's always something more out there.
Harry
Harry Ducrepin

Hannah Drexler

I learned the importance of organizations and people that can be megaphones for their communities. I hope I've grown as a researcher and a communicator so I can do that work in my own communities now and in the future.
Hannah
Hannah Drexler

Elizabeth Taber

High Road has reinforced my interest in labor and made me hopeful about my ability to find a role where I can influence public policy. High Road has absolutely made me much more of an optimist about both peoples willingness and ability to impact their communities for the better.
Lizzy Taber
Elizabeth Taber

Callie McQuilkin

Meeting so many speakers passionate about in some way making an impact (whether that be through union organizing, police reform, or their many other interested) -- that energized me to take on my own challenges.
Callie
Callie McQuilkin

Anh Dao Truc Lam

Before the fellowship, I had always wondered why we had to research while working directly with the community would better address the issue. However, after this summer, I realized that we research BECAUSE OF the community.
Anh
Anh Dao Truc Lam

Alora Cisneroz

I have learned that there are so many people working behind-the-scenes to ensure that our communities function in ways that honor the high road.
Alora
Alora Cisneroz

David Cai

David Cai
David Cai
David Cai

Anastasia Assenso

I believe in working for the people and the high road is all about that.
Anastasia Assenso
Anastasia Assenso

Yanenowi Logan

I learned that bringing resources and tools back into your community is the most important part about taking on new opportunities.
Yanenowi Logan
Yanenowi Logan

Adam Dietz

The principles of High Road Economic Development insist that public investment should result in equitably distributed economic growth. For this to occur, people must work on the ground and be in direct contact with individual community members.
Adam Dietz
Adam Dietz

Carson Taylor

Labor organizing is an incredibly rewarding job, but labor law in the United States makes workers far less protected than they should be.
Carson Taylor
Carson Taylor

Izzy Warren

I learned about economics, collective organizing, and about museum curation.
Izzy Warren
Izzy Warren

Aima Ali

The most important thing I have learned is that Buffalo is an amazing city full of love and life.
Aima Ali
Aima Ali

Lincy Chen

I learned how to create graphics catered towards public use. I am leaving with insight on how to use Tableau, a powerful data viz software.
Lincy Chen
Lincy Chen

Spencer Thieme

I have a more nuanced understanding of community based change
Spencer Thieme
Spencer Thieme

Emile Bensedrine

There were many takeaways from this summer including the importance of consistently showing up for the people you work with. High Road taught me that I want to do more on-the-ground work with people, hearing their stories and working to change the city for the better.
Emile Bensedrine
Emile Bensedrine