Students from the Community of Student Investigators (CSI) learning community presented research about Buffalo and Western New York to a Wayne State University learning community in October while visiting Detroit, Michigan.
Learning communities give Buffalo State students the chance to take a set of courses and explore themes. The CSI learning community students analyzed various aspects of Buffalo and Western New York based on the concepts they learned in communication, mathematics, and sociology courses.
“This trip was as an opportunity for our learning community students to realize what they could do with their studies and research,” said Amitra Wall, CSI faculty member and associate professor of sociology. The students from both learning communities presented their observations and research about various aspects of the two cities at The Year of the City Symposium: Buffalo Meets Detroit at Wayne State.
“It was an eye opener to see how badly Detroit has been affected by the economy,” said Courtney Counts, sociology major and CSI learning community student. “I was able to compare Detroit’s downfall to Buffalo, seeking the social issues as to why this is happening.” Counts plans to continue observing Buffalo’s economy in the future and wonders if there will be improvement.
Besides presenting at Wayne State, the 23 learning community students had the opportunity to attend sessions at the 34th annual American Labor History Conference, participate in an interactive bus tour of Detroit, attend a jazz and spoken word event, and visit Eminem’s recording studio and the Motown Museum.
This co-curricular activity was funded by E. H. Butler Library, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Graduate School, the Learning Community Fund, the School of the Arts and Humanities, the School of the Natural and Social Sciences, the School of the Professions, Student Affairs, and University College.