Sara Pepkin

  • This project used Story Maps to show the history of educational inequity and the problems associated with it.  Educational equity can be achieved through policy changes, increased knowledge of students, parents, […]

  • At the beginning of the semester, I visited Hollis, Queens.  While I knew that it was a low-income neighborhood, I did not understand what caused the poverty here to persist.  After taking this course, I have m […]

  • One of the classic lines against immigration–besides quips about drug smuggling–is that immigrants are taking jobs that “rightfully belong” to American workers.  Mexican workers have faced the brunt of the […]

    • I definitely agree that Americans are looking for someone to blame for their misfortunes in the job market. While Americans are claiming that immigrants are using the government to avoid getting a job, Americans are doing so in the same way by using immigrants as a scape goat to avoid confronting the issue of employment at a larger scale. Immigrants can not be blamed for all Americans bad luck in the job market. There are obviously other issues existing such as gender and racial bias that affect the job market. I believe that since Trump has come into office these ideals have intensified and immigrants have been blamed for not only the job market, but for other economic troubles and crime. It’s time to tackle the issues in America head on rather than replacing the problem with stereotyping and prejudice against immigrants.

    • I agree wholeheartedly with what Sara wrote. The whole idea of Immigrants stealing American jobs is a joke. When an immigrant comes to this country illegally they tend to have to work these off the books, long hour, low wage jobs because they fear getting caught if they work on the books. When they come here legally they still suffer massive discrimination in the workplace especially if they have a heavy accent of some sort. For an immigrant to “steal” a native born’s job they’d have to work triple as hard as we do and the persons whose job was “stolen” would have had to be pretty lazy – which is their own fault. Americans have plenty of opportunities to better themselves and do well and if they don’t take those opportunities seriously they have no one to blame but themselves.

  • The self-sufficiency standard is the amount of money a household must make in order to meet the basic standard of living without government assistance.  This measure was created as an alternative to the […]



    Job polarization became a prevalent issue in the U.S. during the Great Recession of 2008.  It refers to expansions in high-skill, high-wage and low-skill low wage job opportunities, but dim […]

  • The Autism Rights Movement (ARM) is a branch of the neurodiversity movement that advocates for autism awareness and the eschewing of the medical model. The medical model focuses on finding a “cure” for aut […]

  • Hollis, New York, is a town located in Queens.  The section of Hollis that I explored was near Jamaica Avenue; specifically, C-Town grocery store and Clean Rite Laundromat.  This part of the town is lower-middle c […]

  • The Great Recession affected the United States labor market as a whole; however, upon further examination, specific groups felt the impact more than others. According to The Polarization of Job Opportunities in the US Labor Market, there were two primary challenges: an increase in demand for skilled workers, and a polarization of job…[Read more]

  • Goldsmith and Blakely’s article highlights the three most prominent theories behind poverty: the culture of poverty, poverty as a result of economic turmoil, and a structural view of poverty. The first two theories are the most narrow and do not apply to a majority of impoverished individuals. The culture of poverty blames the poor: they are…[Read more]

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