A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Office of Urban Connections

What is it about Buffalo? Is it the lure of wings and jazz at the Anchor Bar (home of the original Buffalo wings), the speed and excitement of Sabres hockey, the finest theater district between New York City and Toronto, the shopping in Elmwood Village, the world-class Albright-Knox Art Gallery, or the architectural treasures designed by Louis Sullivan, H. H. Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright?

What is it about Buffalo? Perhaps the better question is: what causes Houghton College students, faculty, and staff to come to Buffalo? They study through City Semester, teach in an urban setting, serve for a year through AmeriCorps and Wesley ServiceCorps, tutor refugee children eight Saturdays each semester through JET, and also enjoy the good food, sports, shopping, and art. In reality, the cause may have less to do with Buffalo and Houghton, and more to do with a desire to “go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37, NIV).

In the summer of 2006, Houghton formalized a longstanding and unique relationship with Buffalo by creating the Office of Urban Connections. The Office of Urban Connections connects Houghton’s students, faculty, staff, and graduates with service and learning opportunities and existing key players in Buffalo.