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Buffalo Co-Lab

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

Armin Behroozi

Photo: Armin Behroozi
Buffalo, NY
Center for Urban Studies (University at Buffalo)
  • Conducted research on corporate social responsibility. Developed empirical measures to determine effectiveness of corporate social responsibility programs.
  • Explored the efficacy of Supplier Diversity Programs and their effect on the inner city.
  • Worked side by side with architects, planners, educators, artists and academics to develop comprehensive plans and programs that can improve quality of life for residents East Buffalo neighborhood of Perry through a thirty million dollar HUD Choice Neighborhood grant. 

"I chose the High Road because I wanted to supplement my interest in cities with firsthand experience in “re-evolving” one. I wanted exposure to the philosophies of design and urban planning, learning how the designs of buildings, neighborhoods, and communities can impact public welfare.

This summer, I’m interning at the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, where I get to work side-by-side with people who truly care about Buffalo. The Center’s redevelopment plan focuses on overhauling the local health care and education systems, teaching people important health maintenance skills, as well as providing meaningful job training. Right now, I’m putting theory into practice through community engagement and education about the project.

My organization is tasked with taking 30 million federal dollars in grants and using it to make the Perry Choice neighborhood a better place. Through our planned initiatives, we hope to see safer streets, newer high quality mixed-income housing, better schools, and healthier citizens.  "