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Learning Lab: Working with Communities of Color

Presenter(s): Alfredo Medina, Jr. Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement, University at Albany, SUNY
Date: December 14, 2018, 12:30-2 pm
Learning Lab: Working with Communities of Color

Research shows that residents and community leaders working and residing in communities of color have expressed growing frustrations associated with institutional racism, distrust, underrepresentation of people of color in planning and decision-making, and misunderstandings around the complexities of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
This lab is designed to share best practices, opportunities and challenges relative to working with, and in, communities of color.

Alfredo Medina, Jr., Executive Director for the Office for Public Engagement, University at Albany, SUNY, will provide a brief historical overview and context to long-standing concerns and strategies for building collaborative partnerships that are mutually beneficial in addressing complex societal challenges. RSVP to

The Cornell High Road Fellowship Program, in collaboration with Buffalo Commons, presents the second learning lab on building genuine partnerships with communities. High Road Fellowships offer engaged learning and applied research fellowships for Cornell undergraduates every summer in Buffalo, NY. 

Buffalo Commons is launching three series of educational programs 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 has a unique goal, topic, and audience. 

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.
Learning Labs: A series exploring community and researcher partnerships for progress in real civic issues through our core issue areas.
Scholar-Activist Forums: 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.

Find more information on the Buffalo Commons Engagement page.