For more than 10 years, the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab has sponsored High Road Fellowships, which give undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in research, engaged learning and service in community-based economic development in Buffalo.
Since 2009, more than 180 students have spent a summer working on grassroots projects such as a citywide living wage ordinance; hiring and pay equity policies tied to tax incentives; and paid family leave legislation. The success of High Road has led to a new program: Working on Democracy: Buffalo Summer Fellowships with NYS Legislators.
The inaugural class of fellows – Emily Blanchard ’21 and Tamara Palms ’22 from the ILR School, and Wendy Lau ’22 from the College of Arts and Sciences – spent the past two months working with state lawmakers from the Buffalo area. Palms worked with Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, D-141st; Blanchard worked with Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-149th; and Lau worked with state Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-63rd.