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Urban Environmental Justice: Green Spaces

Delilah Hernandez (High Road Fellow 2022) integrates her lived experience and data to discuss environmental racism and tree canopies in Chicago, Illinois
Delilah Hernandez
Urban Environmental Justice: Green Spaces

Mexicans: The Perfect Laborers

Daniela Rosiles Torres (High Road Fellow 2022) advocates for the migrant worker.
Daniela Rosiles Torres
Mexicans: The Perfect Laborers

A Letter to the high road class of 2023

Laila Rahbari (High Road Fellow 2022) pens a letter to the next cohort of the Fellowship.
Laila and Cathy at Niagara Falls mural
A Letter to the high road class of 2023

A High Road Theodicy

Noah Berg (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on a trip to the Tree of Life Synagogue.
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A High Road Theodicy

Five Lessons Learned During The High Road

Vindhya Kathuria (High Road Fellow 2022) shares five lessons she learned as a High Road Fellow
Niagara Falls
Five Lessons Learned During The High Road

A Collection of Poems About Chunks of Time-Carson Taylor

Carson Taylor (High Road Fellow 2022) authors a series of poems reflecting on memories and time.
Carson Taylor
A Collection of Poems About Chunks of Time-Carson Taylor

The pools are closed

José Roque Pérez-Zetune (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on summer, heat, joy, fear, and the need for relief.
José Roque Pérez-Zetune
The pools are closed

Equity in Action

Sakiel Ruff (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on the attainability of equity after living on the East Side of Buffalo
Sakiel Ruff Portrait
Equity in Action

Is ILR Anti-Union?

Carson Taylor (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on the degree to which ILR supports unions.
Ives Hall
Is ILR Anti-Union?

To the White Liberals of Buffalo: That’s not Democracy

Sydney Browne (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on the effectiveness of the OCAB disruptions at the July 12th Buffalo Common Council Meeting.
Buffalo Common Council Meeting - Redistricting
To the White Liberals of Buffalo: That’s not Democracy

Lessons from the High Road: Thoughts on Mutuality and Interconnectedness

Eliza Gifford (High Road Fellow 2022) shares her thoughts on interconnectedness, coalition building, collective liberation, and mutual flourishing.
All flourishing is mutual
Lessons from the High Road: Thoughts on Mutuality and Interconnectedness

Love for Black Buffalo

Aima Ali (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on the tension between the love of place within Black Buffalo and continued systemic marginalization of Black Buffalo at the hands of the city.
Neema Avashia’s quote
Love for Black Buffalo

Finding My Movement: Stories As a Young Activist

Laila Rahbari (High Road Fellow 2022) writes about her experience with the March for Our Lives Movement.
March for Our Lives Laila Rahbari on the news
Finding My Movement: Stories As a Young Activist

The Symbolism of Freedom

Anastasia Assenso (High Road Fellow 2022) contrasts systemic change vs symbolic change through the lens of the Freedom Wall mural.
Freedom Wall Mural
The Symbolism of Freedom

Poem: To Nydia

Finley Williams (High Road Fellow 2022) remembers the fourth of July in South Side Chicago through prose poetry and reflection.
Fireworks
Poem: To Nydia

Street Design: West vs. East

Anastasia Assenso (High Road Fellow 2022) juxtaposes street design on the east side of Buffalo vs the west side of Buffalo to highlight disparities.
Street view east side buffalo
Street Design: West vs. East

Listen to East Buffalo

Vindhya Kathuria (High Road Fellow 2022) authors an original poem on the need to truly listen to the East Buffalo community and respond to their needs.
Buffalo Strong
Listen to East Buffalo

The Electoral College, Gerrymandering, Medicaid, and other American terms I pretend I understand

Vindhya Kathuria (High Road Fellow 2022) presents an original poem titled "The Electoral College, Gerrymandering, Medicaid, and other American terms I pretend I understand".
mural with the words we rise by lifting others.
The Electoral College, Gerrymandering, Medicaid, and other American terms I pretend I understand

"RESIST, REJECT, REBEL": Mannequins as Social Protest

Jacob Blizard (High Road Fellow 2022), presents different styles of mannequin art to inspire others to use other mediums to flout mainstream representations of identity and traverse the status quo.
3 mannequins in a storefront window
"RESIST, REJECT, REBEL": Mannequins as Social Protest

Restructuring the Classroom: Race against Time

Muhammad Zaib (High Road Fellow 2022) proposes seven policies to reduce racism within higher education institutions.
Mural in Niagara Falls entitled "Take a Smile, Leave a Smile"
Restructuring the Classroom: Race against Time

Liberation is Growing: The Urban Farmer’s Perspective

Jacob Blizard (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on antiracism, food justice, and collective liberation
Sunflower extending across a bathroom wall with the word “Defy”
Liberation is Growing: The Urban Farmer’s Perspective

Politicians and Gods: What’s the Difference?

Sydney Browne (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on the differences between politicians and greek gods and what responsibilities our politicians have.
a picture of the reproductive rights protests outside of Justice Kavanaugh’s house
Politicians and Gods: What’s the Difference?

Working in Buffalo: An Ode to the Possible

Finley Williams (High Road Fellow 2022) reflects on both acknowledging systemic inequities that led to segregation, divestment, blight, transportation differentials, and health imbalances, but also refusing to accept these scourges as immutable.
Sam Magavern leading a Buffalo bus tour for the High Road 2022 cohort
Working in Buffalo: An Ode to the Possible

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.

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

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

Achieving Progress Through Equitable Education

Salima Ali (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on educational inequality.
Cornell Proud Parents
Achieving Progress Through Equitable Education

Poetic Resistance in Palestine

Sabiha Obaid (High Road 2021) reflects on the Justice for Palestine movement.
To Exist Is To Resist
Poetic Resistance in Palestine

A Subtlety, The Sugar Sphinx

Lizzie Taber (High Road Fellow 2021) shares her reflection on the Sugar Sphinx.
Sugar Sphinx
A Subtlety, The Sugar Sphinx

Radicalizing Race: Addressing Racism in an Increasingly Complex America

Yasmin Ballew (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the most effective action we can take to combat systemic racism.
Radicalizing Race
Radicalizing Race: Addressing Racism in an Increasingly Complex America

Juneteenth--A Step in the Direction for Social Change

Samantha Ivey (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on Juneteenth's designation as a Federal holiday.
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Juneteenth--A Step in the Direction for Social Change

The Necessity of Radical Change

Sabiha Obaid (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on systemic racism in the United States.
Black Lives Matter protest
The Necessity of Radical Change

Ways to Create Change

Salima Ali (High Road Fellow 2021) creates an infographic on taking action.
Knowing is not enough. You must take action.
Ways to Create Change

Inequities among Healthcare Workers and Unions

Kevin Diaz (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on a CWA rally he attended in Buffalo, NY.
CWA rally in Buffalo
Inequities among Healthcare Workers and Unions

The Power of Policy Art in Reimaging Possibilities

Jonathan Zheng (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on a set of political posters illustrating the Green New Deal.
Green New Deal formatted
The Power of Policy Art in Reimaging Possibilities

Being Tied to Buffalo’s Single Garment of Destiny

Jonathan Zheng (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on MLK's concept of an "inescapable network of mutuality."
Overlapping hands of different colors
Being Tied to Buffalo’s Single Garment of Destiny

Putting Our Work into Context

Alora Cisneroz (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on intersectionality.
Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles
Putting Our Work into Context

Improve the Character of Our Society

Paul Joseph Havern (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the movement to reform the US incarceration system.
Two Black hands holding prison bars
Improve the Character of Our Society

Underground Politics

Uwaila Odiase (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on why politics matter through the lens of the NYC subway.
Photo of High Road Fellow Uwaila Odiase
Underground Politics

For a Strong Democracy, Look Local

Katherine Ann Esterl reflects on the state of politics in the United States.
Buffalo City Hall
For a Strong Democracy, Look Local

The Culture Changer Who Taught Good Trouble

Katherine Ann Esterl (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the legacy of John Lewis.
Mural of John Lewis on a street corner
The Culture Changer Who Taught Good Trouble

Beyoncé and Modern Day Art Making Waves

Julia Haberfield (High Road Fellow 2021 reflects on the album Formation and High Road values.
Person laying on a police car that says New Orleans Police which is sinking
Beyoncé and Modern Day Art Making Waves

Juneteenth Through the Lens of a Vietnamese Woman

Anh Dao Truc Lam (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on Juneteenth from the positionality of a Vietnamese woman.
A group marches behind a sign that reads "Juneteenth Festival Buffalo, NY with an image of the African continent. Marchers hold up Black Liberation Flags and large cutout drawings of African masks.
Juneteenth Through the Lens of a Vietnamese Woman

Thinking Small: Why I’m Zooming in to Celebrate Local Government This Summer

Callie McQuilkin (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the importance of local leaders.
High Road Fellow on right with arm around icon statue of Shark Girl in Buffalo on left
Thinking Small: Why I’m Zooming in to Celebrate Local Government This Summer

High Road 2021- Still Shaping Stories Miles Away

Samantha Ivey (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on the quote by Karima Amin that “Stories are everywhere, and I look for them everywhere".
Two people who are far away and both looking at their phones with a dotted arrow connecting them
High Road 2021- Still Shaping Stories Miles Away

Getting to Know Buffalo from New York City

Julia Haberfield (High Road Fellow 2021) reflects on doing work in a city she has not yet been able to visit.
View of individuals living different lives through apartment building windows.
Getting to Know Buffalo from New York City

Community and Connectivity

Lizzie Taber (High Road Fellow 2021) describes her her work at the Citizens for Regional Transit in Buffalo, New York and inspiration to work on transit and connectivity to reduce isolation.
Above ground metro in Buffalo, New York
Community and Connectivity

High Road Builders for a Summer to Remember

The High Road Builder awardees for this historic summer are two extraordinary women, Shannon Gleeson and Lorna Hill, whose compassion and influence cross borders and span divides.

Shannon Gleeson and Lorna Hill
High Road Builders for a Summer to Remember

High Road Goes Virtual, Real Results

From across the nation, ILRies work to bolster Buffalo’s future.
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High Road Goes Virtual, Real Results

High Road 2020: Place-Based Work from Any Place

Instead of bringing the students to Buffalo, the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab will be modifying summer projects, panels, tours, activities so that it can bring Buffalo to its Fellows.

Student seated at a desk conducting a phone interview
High Road 2020: Place-Based Work from Any Place

Cornell Fellows Continue Tradition of Public Service to Greater Buffalo

In June and July, 21 Cornell undergraduates will come to Western New York to contribute to community and economic development with an array of community-based organizations and local elected officials.

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Cornell Fellows Continue Tradition of Public Service to Greater Buffalo