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

Manuela Monjimbo

Photo: Manuela Monjimbo
Buffalo, NY
International Institute of Buffalo
  • Conducted research on local companies with employment opportunities for refugees and compiled into a usable database for staff and clients. 
  • Created a library of vocational/educational training programs for occupations available in Buffalo to help the clients further their career goals by getting the skills and certification necessary to access better jobs.
  • Assisted clients with aspects of the resettlement process such as accessing public transportation and language issues.
  • Worked on a marketing plan for the Institute’s services to the corporate sector. 

"The High Road program appealed to me because of the opportunity it presented to gain experience in a nonprofit setting and to apply classroom theory in a practical setting. I was also excited about the chance to gain cultural awareness through immersion in a new community.

I believe that the High Road method involves discovering what you are truly passionate about, and incorporating those passions into your daily life and work. My own history as an immigrant has made the challenges faced by this population very important to me. My favorite courses at Cornell have been those that those that combined immigration issues with those of employment and law. This summer, I’m interning at the International Institute, an organization that provides services to immigrant and refugee communities, allowing me to explore my interest in these issues, gain valuable experience, and contribute to the community."