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Partnership for the Public Good

The Partnership for the Public Good provides research and advocacy support to a broad array of partners that share a community-oriented vision of a revitalized Buffalo-Niagara.  We help community groups have a stronger and better informed voice in public policy debates.  We help Buffalo-Niagara to build on assets such as diversity, historic neighborhoods, and natural resources, make progress on problems such as poverty, inequality, and pollution, and bring greater accountability and democracy to local government.
PPG advances its principles with a wealth of publications and an annual community agenda.  Our citizen tool-kit offers a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to become more informed and engaged on local issues.  We host public forums and a radio show, The Public Good, which airs every Tuesday from 1:00-1:30pm on WUFO AM 1080.  Each summer PPG works with the Cornell University ILR School to bring 20 Cornell students to Buffalo to intern with PPG partners in the High Road Fellowship Program.

Social Sector Working Group

The ILR Social Sector Studies Working Group & Engaged Curriculum Project Team is built on the work of the Engaged Cornell grant and our partnership with Buffalo High Road Fellowships and the Partnership for the Public Good in Buffalo.  It serves the career aspirations of our students by giving them a solid foundation and a set of writing, research, and analytic skills.  It strengthens our connections to ILR alumni and friends who work in social sector organizations through field placements, guest speaker opportunities, and internships.  
The 3S program reflects the current interests and expertise of ILR faculty.  ILR School research and teaching already feature a wide variety of social and cultural sector organizations: e.g., community organizations organizing and representing unrepresented workers, civic organizations providing employment services to underserved groups in the workforce, business organizations implementing “social entrepreneurship” strategies and legally empowered to pursue social goals, economic development organizations controlled by and for communities.  The 3S program channels these interests and contacts, creates a new collaborative community that cuts across departmental boundaries, and provides a mechanism to guide students through a set of educational experiences including coursework, fieldwork, and, for selected students, honors thesis research.

The Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo

Since 1880, Buffalo Cornellians have been actively supporting the University.  Today, the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo is dedicated to engaging area alumni, students, parents, and friends of Cornell with each other, the University, and Buffalo civic life.  There are over 2000 Cornell alumni in the area, and Cornell currently enrolls over 175 students from the Buffalo-Niagara region, or around 45 students in every entering class year.  A not-for-profit association, the Club remains an independent entity from the University although it retains close ties with the alumni office in Ithaca.