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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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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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The Relationship between the Earned Income Tax Credit and Economic Inequalities among Washington Latinos

I researched the impact of Washington State’s regressive tax structure in Washington on minority communities. Does the tax structure affect Latinos and whether or not they can access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a credit designed to bolster the resources of low-income families? Finally, I asked whether or not a state EITC, called the […]

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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 Future for Latinos and Green Collar Jobs

This goal of my research was to find out what role Latinos play in the green-collar jobs movement and how that role can best be strengthened. I investigated college programs, green-collar job training programs, green-collar jobs advocacy organizations, and community-based organizations to understand how green Latino-oriented programs are, as well as how inclusive to Latinos green […]

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The Role of Immigrant Labor in the Agricultural Industry of the Walla Walla Valley and Surrounding Communities

My research examines the role of immigrant labor in the labor-intensive agricultural industry of the Walla Walla Valley and its surrounding communities. More specifically, my research asks the following questions: to what extent do local agricultural employers rely on immigrant labor for the cultivation of their crops and how does increased immigration enforcement impact this […]

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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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The Washington State Nursing Shortage and the “Invisible” Hospital Workforce

My given topic was Latino employment in the service industry in Washington State. Through contacts my professor has with organizers for Service Employees International Union, I learned about the unionization efforts of hospital workers at Yakima Regional Medical Center, and this led me to focus on the experiences of Latinos working in hospitals and the […]

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