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America is changing. Demographically, we are projected to become “majority-minority” before 2050; the big news is that this is no longer driven by immigration (which has, in fact, slowed) but rather by births in the U.S. That demographic inevitability has been accompanied by an unsettling shift in the American economy: while debates continue to occur about the respective roles of technology and international competition in either creating or destroying employment, it is clear that the average person’s sense of job security has withered in what was supposed to be an exciting and hopeful new economy.
In an effort to advance the conceptualization of Inclusive Economies, our research team developed an indicator framework for measuring progress towards economic inclusivity. The Rockefeller Foundation defines an inclusive economy as one in which there is expanded opportunity for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers to advancing their well-being. Specifically, they define an inclusive economy as one that is equitable, participatory, growing, sustainable and stable.
Working for Dignity In the Spring of 2015, Everett students partnered with USCS Professor Steve McKay to bring the findings of his “Working For Dignity” research project to the community and world. The project involved over 1,100 student conducted surveys of low-wage workers from all around Santa Cruz county with the intent of bringing to light workplace violations and to tell the stories of low-wage workers. Everett assisted by creating the Working For Dignity website complete with data graphics and digital stories. True to their ingenuity and spirit, Everett students also translated the entire website into Spanish on the day of its launch!
Everett Director Chris Benner has partnered with ROC United to explore the inequality in the restaurant industry along race and gender lines. The restaurant industry employs nearly 11 million workers and is one of the fastest growing sectors of the US economy. Despite the industry’s growth, restaurant workers occupy seven of the ten lowest-paid occupations reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the economic position of workers of color in the restaurant industry is particularly precarious. Restaurant workers experience poverty at nearly three times the rate of workers overall, and workers of color experience poverty at nearly twice the rate of white restaurant workers. Read the Report
Partnering with ROC United, Everett project managed development of Top Server-a game to help move service workers to high road restaurants.
In the last several years, much has been written about growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality, and political polarization in the United States. This new book by Everett Program Executive Director Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor argues that lessons for addressing these national challenges are emerging from a new set of realities in America’s metropolitan regions: first, that inequity is, in fact, bad for economic growth; second, that bringing together the concerns of equity and growth requires concerted local action; and, third, that the fundamental building block for doing this is the creation of diverse and dynamic epistemic (or knowledge) communities, which help to overcome political polarization and help regions address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides. Equity, Community, and Growth features a robust website complete with data, charts, maps, and eve a completely free eBook version!
This project created the knowledge base and capability of the Everett Program to digitize survey efforts in partnership with community organizations and research centers. Main achievements include producing the digitized version of a 300 question survey, and training 40 undergraduate students in conducting the survey on tablets, resulting in the collection of 406 surveys over a six-week period.
From July 1, 2015 to September 15, 2015, Lili taught computer literacy courses for the staff members at the Somkhanda Game Reserve. Her ultimate goal was to increase efficiency in the workplace and to equip the staff with skills that their education system didn't provide. The majority had access to education but lacked computer skills. Most of the staff on the reserve were Gumbi tribe members. After several land claims, the Gumbi were able to claim ownership of the land that is now The Somkhanda Game Reserve. They have partnered with African Insight and Wildland's Conservation Trust to manage the reserve.