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


I am interested in investigating the race, gender, and income disparities that are produced by UC schools within their workforce. While identifying vulnerable communities by analyzing literature, news, technical reports, and statistics on this recently debated issue, the study will also examine the types of governance systems that hold prime accountability in contributing to and exacerbating toxic conditions and their injuries. Particularly, my responsibilities in this project involve exhibiting visualizations that indicate current toxic conditions including graphs, imagines, and photographs. The study seeks to theorize a larger frame which will explains these toxicities within “late industrial” California and ultimately 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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Title: Created image: Fighting for Equality

Substantive Caption: These photographs were originally included in OCWEEKLY on May 8, 2018 to capture the vivid scene of the UC employee union’s rally against growing disparities among UC employees. The union represented more than 24,000 workers who are working in UC’s five medical centers and ten campuses. The images describe the protest scene: hundreds of UC employees gathered outside the UC medical center in Orange and began their three day protest against racial, gender, and income inequalities at the UCs. They are aggrieved about the following issues: in the last decade, the income gap between the highest and lowest paid workers in the UC has grown rapidly; there are racial inequalities in average pay rates among all AFSCME (UC’s largest employee union) workers in the UC system; lastly, in the service sector, women service employees receive lower pay than men across all UC campuses regardless of race. 

Design Statement:

-These visualizations were selected since these images stimulate viewers to inquire into the cause of the toxic situations and the frustrations of the vulnerable community

-The picket signs aggressively disclose subjects’ emotions such as anger, disappointment, and anxiety regarding the perpetuation of injustices within the UC workforce. 

-The photographs convey the engagement of the vulnerable group. For instance, community solidarity against these unjust disparities that were produced by the UC system is also strongly represented in employees’ green union shirts that say “WE RUN UC.” 


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Created date

November 26, 2018

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Seyoung Oh. 26 November 2018, "Visualizing Toxicity within UC Workforce: A Fight against Race, Gender, and Income Inequalities ", Center for Ethnography, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 21 December 2018, accessed 18 August 2022.