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2019 High Roaders at Northland Workforce Training Center

High Road Fellowships

Explore engaged learning and applied research fellowships for Cornell students in Buffalo, NY

Imagine a summer...

grassroots economic development...urban revitalization...small business development...labor-community alliances...poverty alleviation...the green economy...civic engagement...public economic policy...quality job creation...creative culture and the new economy

...working in Buffalo's living laboratory

This fellowship program provides paid opportunities for Cornell undergraduate students to participate as a group in research, engaged learning and service in community-based economic development in Buffalo.

Undergoing dynamic reinvention, Buffalo is home to a rich array of creative organizations tackling rust belt challenges. Students will learn about and contribute to vibrant local innovation by working with nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, government officials, business and labor advocates focused on revitalizing the metro Buffalo economy. Affordable group housing is available for students not from the area.

...each journey unique

High Road Fellowships is an annual program with common features every year...creative individual project work...group experience of urban immersion in arts, culture, history, neighborhoods, politics and economy of a great rust belt city...skill building, teamwork and leadership development...application of academic learning to practical reality. Every year is also special as the High Road is a journey through current events, new development projects, evolving challenges, and everyday innovation and change.

We Confuse Politics With Government. They’re Not The Same.

Callie McQuilkin (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the difference between politics and governance.
Preaching Across the Aisle
We Confuse Politics With Government. They’re Not The Same.

Allyship and Coalition: Combating systemic inequities together

Raquel Zohar (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the connections between the Jewish teachings of Shimon HaTzaddik and High Road values.
Raquel Zohar journal illustration
Allyship and Coalition: Combating systemic inequities together

Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals

Paul Havern (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry Murals
Diego Rivera Detroit Industry Murals
Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals