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

Alexis Leonard

Photo: Alexis Leonard
Buffalo, NY
Partnership for the Public Good
  • Contributed to a policy brief on how best to incorporate high road principles into the development of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, a consortium of the region's premier health care, life sciences research, and medical education institutions and largest public/private investment in the region.
  • Crafted recommendations of how to enhance economic development links between the Campus and adjoining, low-income neighborhoods.
  • Researched City law regarding the funding of public art for capital projects of over $1 millions dollars. Met with City Officials and Council Members to improve implementation, monitoring, and enforcement of the law. 

"When I first started looking into what my post-freshman summer plans would entail, I didn’t really have a clear idea of how to make the most of my summer, but when I stumbled upon the High Road Fellowship, I knew I had the opportunity to make my summer mean something. I found that the program works exclusively with nonprofit organizations that work toward the common goal of making Buffalo a better, more sustainable environment for its residents.

Dedicated to academic service learning and skill building, the High Road is providing me with experience working with organizations that are devoted to transforming Buffalo. Urban revitalization is presently one of the greatest focuses among the Buffalo community. At the Partnership for the Public Good, I’m working to help develop, enhance, and analyze policies to revitalize downtrodden neighborhoods that would ultimately improve quality of life for Buffalo’s residents.

Taking the High Road is the ethically superior choice, but it also means advancing the world around us. The High Road Fellowship has opened up a world of opportunity not only for me, but hopefully for the people of Buffalo as well. "