The High Road Fellowship summer program typically sends undergraduates, mostly from the ILR School, to Buffalo, New York, for research, engaged learning and service in community-based economic development.
The program – which ran June 1 through July 24 – was unable to welcome students to western New York this year due to the pandemic, but the ILR Buffalo Co-Lab modified its programming to bring Buffalo to its 23 fellows.
“Our High Road fellows have exemplified solidarity through their work with Buffalo grassroots organizations,” said Lou Jean Fleron, Buffalo Co-Lab director. “Our students, from all over the U.S. and as far away as South Korea, have utilized every available tool for remote work on the historic health, economic and civil rights challenges of summer 2020.”
Student projects – on topics ranging from the arts to community justice – were coordinated through the Partnership for the Public Good, a community-based think tank with more than 300 partners, including Cornell. Fleron said the fellows “literally helped make progress in Buffalo.”
An example: Aliyah Kilpatrick ’23, from ILR, assisted the Partnership for the Public Good with research for a Tenants’ Bill of Rights, as well as a Clean Hands Eviction law, which states that landlords with outstanding housing code violations should not be able to use the court system to evict a tenant.
High Roads fellows included 17 students from ILR and two each from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology.
– Julie Greco