Anchor Institutions, colloquially referred to as “Eds and Meds,” are large institutions such as universities, hospitals, nonprofits, and corporations that are rooted in place, and serve as economic engines in the communities they serve. Some examples of Anchor Institutions within the city of Buffalo include the University at Buffalo, Buffalo General Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, and of course, SUNY Buffalo State.
As one of the largest Anchor Institutions inside the city of Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State is committed to the anchor mission; or intentionally using our human and economic capital to improve our community. This can include activities such as leveraging the talent of our students to improve the educational outcomes of children in Buffalo Public Schools or deploying our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) office to help launch local, minority, or women-owned businesses.
Buffalo State President, Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner, has led efforts to bring focus to our role as an anchor institution as part of the college’s mission as SUNY’s urban-engaged institution. Her leadership guided the campus to be a founding member of the Anchor Learning Network (ALN) in 2014 and allows the college to continue to deepen and expand commitments to be an important anchor in the city of Buffalo, particularly on Buffalo’s West Side.
Since its founding as a normal school in 1871, Buffalo State has always been an anchor in our community. From our early days of training teachers who educated youth throughout our urban community to our current role as the largest comprehensive college in the SUNY system, Buffalo State is proud to be embedded in our rich and vibrant neighborhood. We have a long history of programs that contribute to the health and well-being of neighbors and benefit economic, educational, health, and civic practices and programs throughout the neighborhood, city, and region.
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