Case Studies

These case studies were selected to illustrate basic concepts in this chapter.  As you review the case example see if you can "spot the concept" from the chapter which is illustrated in the case.  These case examples may be useful for classroom discussion, for role playing in class, or to put the concepts from this chapter in a real-world context.
1. At a rally protesting the lack of Black, Hispanic, and Native American professors at a state university campus, students gathered and listened to speakers as they expressed their concerns of inequalities.  The rally was a part of a week of events, creating cultural awareness in higher education.  Issues discussed centered around the slow recruitment of minority professors, admissions standards that were biased against minorities, and the lack of ethnic studies on campus.
The rally received a great turn out.  Minority students applauded and cheered as the lectures continued.  Non-minority students began gathering at the rally listening to the many speeches being delivered.  A Hispanic male excited at seeing a large non-minority population attend the rally commented to a student, "I'm glad to see you attend the rally.  It makes me feel good to see you support our cause."  The white student turned and said, "These issues of inequality are important to me.  Being Jewish has not always been easy," replied the student.
2. A Hispanic couple living in California hired a live-in nanny to care for their two daughters.  The nanny, a nineteen year old undocumented immigrant came to California to seek employment in order to earn money and help pay for a surgery that her ill father needed.  The Hispanic couple were both professionals; the husband was an educator and the wife worked in Marketing in the computer industry.
One day the couple informed the nanny that the family would be relocating to the east coast in three months.  The nanny declined to move with the family, feeling insecure of leaving a large Hispanic population and fearing that the move would bring her to closer contact with immigration agents at state borderlines.
Two weeks prior to leaving, the couple found a job for the nanny working for another family.  The nanny was excited about working for another family but worried that readjusting to another environment was difficult for her.  Complicating matters further was the fact that the new family spoke limited Spanish.  A month after relocating to the east coast, the couple received notice from their former nanny that her younger sister had been killed in an auto accident.  The nanny was faced with many hardships -- adjusting to a non-bilingual family, not having saved enough money for her father’s surgery and now the loss of her sister.  A referral to free counseling services was made; however, she refused on the basis of trust and fear of deportation.  Two weeks later the nanny suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized.