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Walla Walla Poverty Assessment: How Transportation, Healthcare, Employment, and Domestic Abuse Affect Latinos and Others in Poverty

This study examines the characteristics and causes of poverty in Walla Walla, WA, particularly for the Latino population. The research asks several questions: due to the inherently multifarious nature of poverty itself, how do the variables of employment, transportation, health care, and domestic abuse affect the poor population? Additionally, what is being done currently to […]

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The State of the State for Vineyard Farmworkers in the Walla Walla Valley

This research analyzes how the unique position of the wine industry as a combination of retail and agricultural production affects the particular health, housing, and labor needs of vineyard farmworkers. How has this come about, and what are the most effective means to address these needs? I investigate the structural characteristics of Washington wine grape production, such as […]

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Low Income Latinos’ Housing Stability: The Small Rural Town Perspective

This study investigates the characteristics and causes of housing related problems for Latinos/as in low-income neighborhoods in rural small cities such as Walla Walla, Washington. Specifically, what factors foster rental stability or instability in Walla Walla? Also, what is the quality of housing in Walla Walla like? Is there substandard housing in Walla Walla? What […]

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Is There an Exit From the Labyrinth of “Horizontal” Low-wage Jobs for Farmworkers?

I investigated the difficulties that farmworkers encounter in keeping their employment and the reasons that hamper them to go up the ladder in the agricultural industry. The goal of my research was to find out why just a small number of the Latino farmworkers succeed in achieving upward job mobility. Methods: I began working on […]

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Affordable Farmworker Housing: Impacts on the General Community

This project examines NIMBY opposition (Not In My Back Yard) to affordable farmworker housing with the aim of understanding how presuppositions surrounding such housing developments are constructed. My research focuses on Bello Rio (an affordable farmworker housing project in East Wenatchee) and the impacts it had on the surrounding community. In doing this I aimed […]

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The Outside Of Town: An Analysis Of Housing Conditions For Latino Farm Worker Children In Washington and Their Impact on Educational Success

This report examines the relationship between Latino farmworkers’ housing conditions and the educational success of their children. What are the dynamics of this relationship in Washington State? How is health impacted by housing, and how does health impact educational outcomes? Methods: I concurrently examined scholarly literature and reports documenting the national prevalence of health problems […]

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The Effects of Immigrant Status and Income Level on Homeownership for Latinos in Washington State

Julia Leavitt, Whitman College “Por ser nosotros latinos, tenemos que trabajar y luchar doble, por nuestro color.” [Because we are Latinos, we have to work and fight twice as hard, because of our color.]   Topic: I researched homelessness, housing, and homeownership for Latinos in the U.S., Washington, and Walla Walla.  After narrowing the focus […]

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Picking the Fruit of Knowledge: Washington Apple Farmworkers, Work, Family, and Politics

This project examines the experiences of female farm workers in Washington State’s apple industry. What are the conditions affecting Latino farm workers, particularly in Washington’s apple industry, and what can be done to alleviate such problems? Along these lines, how are these female workers’ perceptions of their experiences shaped by their objective conditions? Methods: The […]

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Perspectives on Housing in Washington State: Conditions in Walla Walla

The purpose of this research was to analyze the housing conditions and process in Washington State from the perspective of the Latino community in Walla Walla. Method. Quantitative data was drawn from governmental databases, mainly from the U.S. Census Bureau and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Specific market conditions in Walla Walla were garnered from […]

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