Happy spring break! I know it might not be a typical break, but I hope it’s a safe and restful one nonetheless. Whatever you do, I hope you find the time to recharge and refocus for the remaining half of the semester.
If you have any questions about the interview process, or if you have any advice for your classmates related to any aspect of the process, feel free to share either as a comment to this post.
I have mailed a large envelope of things to each of you at the address you provided. Please read the directions I’ve enclosed very carefully.
You’ve each been assigned a person for your first oral interview. Your goal is to complete all the following by March 22:
• contact your interviewee and schedule an interview;
• add their address and other info to the CONTACT sheet;
• conduct your oral interview;
• do some rough journaling about the interview;
• complete the Bio Data form;
• create and save the archival quality audio file;
• transcribe the interview;
• complete the Recording Log;
• return the forms to me (in the provided stamped envelope); and
• complete your Journal Entry 4 (on the interview experience).
Of course, you will also turn in the audio file and the transcript. We’ll review all of this when we meet again on Monday, March 15.
MONDAY, MARCH 15
When we’ll return from the break, we’ll start learning a little more about the economic lives of Latinx Americans in 21st century.
For Monday’s class, we’ll read and discuss two online readings. The first is “Economic Progress of the Hispanic Community During the Obama Administration,” a 2016 issue brief written by Council of Economic Advisers (Obama Administration). It can be found here. The second is from the Center for American Progress, a policy and advocacy. Titled “When a Job Is Not Enough: The Latinx-White Wealth Gap,” the 2018 report can be found here.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17
For Wednesday, we’ll focus in on the impact of COVID on Latinx households and workers. We’ll do so by reading two pieces of economic research from Hispanic Economic Outlook, a regular publication from the American Society of Hispanic Economists.
The two pieces we’ll read are both provided to you as PDFs. They are Alfredo A. Romero’s “A Look into the Effects of COVID-19 on Hispanic Employment Expectations from the Household Pulse Survey,” [10_Romero.pdf] and “The differential impact of COVID19 on Latinas’ labor market experience” [11_Blanco-etal.pdf], by Luisa Blano, Mónica García-Pérez, and Marie T. Mora
Also for Wednesday, write a short journal entry (#5) on the two COVID studies. What is important in what they have to offer? What are some takeaways? How does this impact our work (if at all)?