Graduation Date

Fall 12-13-2019

Grading Professor

Dr. Carrie Brown

Subject Concentration

Social Journalism

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


I focused my graduate work on the local community of malemployed immigrants. They are foreign-educated newcomers — medical doctors, pharmacists, teachers, lawyers and engineers, to name a few of their professions — who lack the resources to find skill- appropriate work in the U.S. They end up either unemployed or working at "jobs for which they’re overqualified or overeducated or both,” I wrote for NJSpotlight in 20171.

Using the social journalism method2 of engaging members of a chosen group to fill important if not crucial information gaps, I developed The JobUp, a series of free, offline educational events, as my practicum. The project delivered both classes in English as a second language and specialized career-orientation instruction. It equipped3 malemployed participants with the resources they needed to navigate the U.S. job market and boost their confidence.

The choice of this community originated in my own socio-professional experiences as an Italian immigrant in New York over nearly three decades of a transplanted life.



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