Visualizing Toxicity within the UC Workforce: A Fight against Race, Gender, and Income Inequalities

The project investigates how UC schools are currently producing race, gender, and income inequality within the workforce. First, the project highlights that the income gap between highest and lowest paid workers has grown rapidly in last decade. The study also addresses inequalities in average starting pay rate by race among all AFSCME workers in the UC system. Lastly, the research delineates the issue of women being hired into many low-paying titles while men often occupy higher-paying titles across all UC campuses. Vulnerable communities include women as well as black and brown workers; black women especially are situated in the most undesirable working environments. While identifying vulnerable communities, the study also examines the types of governance systems that hold prime accountability in contributing to and exacerbating toxic conditions and their injuries. In addition, the study will ultimately seek to theorize a larger frame which explains these toxicities within “late industrial” California. This project involves participant observation and interview as its qualitative research methods, and analyzes the core hazards through relevant literature, news, videos, technical reports, statistics, and other sources of visual documents such as diagram, graph, and photography. The study should demonstrate a deeper understanding of how income, gender and race issues are inextricably intertwined with each other. The research outcomes will contribute to the public understanding of the significance of this problem and hopes to suggest resolutions to alleviate these toxicities prevalent in UCs so that the campuses might transform into more desirable working environments for social mobility. 


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December 7, 2018

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