Buffalo Commons

Engagement Opportunities Library

There are many ways for students, staff, and faculty from Cornell University and Western New York colleges and universities to participate in engaged learning in Buffalo. 

Some of these opportunities include:

Visit the Be Informed page to find other libraries, tools, and sites where you can find additional WNY-focused research. 


Buffalo Commons Knowledge for the Public Good Series

Buffalo Commons offers workshops that share knowledge for the public good on topics ranging from civic engagement and local policy to best practices in community-based research. Unless otherwise noted, each will occur in the Buffalo Commons classroom @ 617 Main Street, Suite 300. These workshops were made possible by funding through the John R. Oishei Foundation


2019 Educational Programs

Civic Engagement Workshops

A series identifying and understanding what role individuals, organizations, and institutions can play in shaping policies and practices and making positive changes in our communities.

  • Writing for the Media: Letters to the Editor, Op-Eds, and Press Releases                                                                                           Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:30-2:30pm
  • Research Tools for Organizers, by Public Accountability Initiative                                                                                                       Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:30-2:30pm
  • LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training, by the Pride Center of WNY                                                                                                   Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 12:30-2:30pm
  • Get the Information Needed: Freedom of Information (FOIL) Request Workshop                                                                            April 2019 (To Be Finalized)
  • Using Census Data: Learning to Ask Questions and Tell Your Story                                                                                                     Thursday, May 2, 2019, 12:30-2pm
  • Disability and Difference in WNY Competency and Inclusion Training                                                                                               May 2019 (To Be Finalized)


 Would you like to attend or present at a learning lab, workshop, or forum? Email Kristin, at buffalocommons@cornell.edu.





2018 Workshops and Labs [Archive]