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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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Unequal Opportunity: Latinos and Local Political Representation in Washington State

This report examines the level of Latino local political representation in the ten counties of Washington State with the highest percentage Latino populations: Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Okanogan, Skagit, Walla Walla, and Yakima. In particular, it is meant to build on previous research that found that Latinos were underrepresented on school boards and […]

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Towards Closing the Achievement Gap: Increasing Academic Preparedness and Ambition among Latino Students

This report examines methods of fostering Latino students’ postsecondary success, specifically asking the question: How effective has the GEAR UP program’ s approach to achieving academic preparedness and postsecondary ambition been at Walla Walla High School? This report profiles the best methods of improving students’ academic capabilities to prepare them for postsecondary education and analyzes […]

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The Future of the Children of Immigrants: A Study of Latino Higher Education Aspirations and Abilities

This study examines the higher education aspirations and abilities, as well as outcomes, of young Latino children of immigrants. I aim to answer the following questions: How do various factors related to immigration affect Latino high school students’ personal aspirations and practical abilities to go on to higher education? What are the determining factors, with respect to […]

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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 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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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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Creating Safe and Civil Schools: Reaching Higher Academic Success

This report investigates the relationship between race and civility in public education. Feeling safe and embraced at school is critical to academic success. The main research questions investigated are: What levels of civility and incivility do Latino students experience at Walla Walla High School (Wa-Hi)? In what ways and for what reasons do Latino high […]

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