Community 101

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Community 101: The City as Classroom: Building a Civic and Sustainable Future

Every new freshman at the Buffalo Campus of Medaille College participates in a Community 101 project that introduces them to Medaille College’s aspiration for student learning: outstanding preparation "for career success and a lifelong commitment to a civic and sustainable future in Buffalo, the region, and the world." Through their first-year learning communities, students study themes that connect to issues in the local community and move them outside the classroom to engage in real-world problem solving. The city of Buffalo thus becomes an extension of the classroom, and Community 101 projects enact the College’s aspiration by: connecting students to the story and institutions of Buffalo; providing them with an opportunity to integrate and apply their classroom learning to real-world concerns; giving them the chance to experience first-hand the rewards of contributing to the well-being of a community; and, having them digitally archive stories of community improvement and advancement so that they can teach future generations.

Through Community 101, students work hands-on with organizations like the Olmsted Conservancy, the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, the Arts in Education Institute, the Erie County Library, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Buffalo Historical Museum. They also create and manage their own community improvement projects, such as the campus-wide recycling program. Community 101 provides an experiential basis to students’ learning in the freshman year that both enhances their ability to achieve essential twenty-first century learning outcomes and empowers them to contribute to the vital, life-long work of building a
civic and sustainable future.

Community 101: Student Research Projects and Themes

Click here for samples of Community 101 student research projects and themes


I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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