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 three series that share knowledge for the public good on topics ranging from civic engagement and local policy to best practices in community-based research. Each series focuses on with a unique purpose-- Civic Engagement Workshops, Learning Labs, and Scholar-Activist Forums.

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.

  • Community Research 101: Crafting Research Questions and Finding Answers
  • Engagement 101: A High Road Case Study
  • Community-University Partnerships: Higher Education Institutions
  • Research Tools 101: Be Informed and Get the Data You Need
  • Policy and Advocacy 101: The Who’s Who in W/NY by Issue Areas
  • Media 101: Get Your Message Heard


Learning Labs

A series exploring community and researcher partnerships for progress in real civic issues through our core issue areas.

  • Partnerships for Police Reform
  • Partnerships for a New Economy
  • Partnerships for Accountability
  • Partnerships for New Americans
  • Partnerships for Education
  • Partnerships for Arts and Activism
  • Partnerships for Promoting Health
  • Civic engagement and Voter Outreach
  • Working with Government


Scholar-Activist Forum

A series developing a network between and amongst partners, researchers, and scholars by spotlighting diverse, innovative voices who are building more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant communities.



Would you like to attend or present at a learning lab, workshop, or forum? Email Kristin, contact us.