Category Archives: Sarah Halvorson-Fried

Why Motivations Matter in Addressing Discriminatory Hiring Practices

Anti-discrimination employment practices can be justified in several ways. First, there is the justice argument. Inherited systems of unequal schools, unfair housing and exclusionary network-based hiring practices have created a pervasive legacy of discrimination that often makes economic justice impossible. … Continue reading

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The “Ban the Box” social movement and what it says about local power

The effects of arrest, conviction, and incarceration go beyond overcrowded prisons and negative psychological effects. Such “collateral consequences” include voter disenfranchisement for people with felony convictions, registration requirements for those found guilty of sex offenses, and employment discrimination through disclosure … Continue reading

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Ecological re-enlivenment and the role of the arts in community development

This summer I participated in an independent study with a group of graduate students exploring different methods of “ecological re-enlivenment.” Dr. John Browder, a professor in Urban Affairs and Planning here at Virginia Tech, uses this term to describe the … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of “Food Deserts”

My commitment to community engagement and social change work stems from my involvement in what many have called the food movement. Having come, like many others, to this effort from a personal place of concern for specific issues—the environment, my … Continue reading

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