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

Shara Safer

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Human Ecology '19
Larchmont, NY
Open Buffalo
  • Working with the Justice and Opportunity Table on issues campaigns including, Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, and advisory group to the common councils’ police oversite committee.
  • Crafted communications for the campaigns including a monthly newsletter for the Justice and Opportunity Table.
  • Developed a civic engagement curriculum for the youth community builder program, in which local high school students designed community-improvement projects and competed for funds to implement their plans
  • Helped plan for Open Buffalo’s inaugural Justice and Opportunity Leadership Institute being held this fall.

“I learned that the “Buffalo Renaissance” is a real thing, as opposed to a propaganda tactic. It gives me hope that other cities that have been harmed by the decline in manufacturing can find new industries. I had a great time during the Fellowship. I really enjoyed spending time with other people interested in social justice and learning about initiatives and policies.”

–From Shara’s Final Evaluation

“I can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed having Shara at Open Buffalo this summer. Shara is intelligent and has a broad base of knowledge and skills that saved the day on more than one occasion. Her passion for justice and learning are apparent in her work ethic. I can’t wait to see where she ends up, though I know wherever it is she will be successful. Shara has gained a fan and friend for life!”

--India Walton, Community Organizer