Camille Alik


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"The Velt" is the nickname for one of the high schools here in the North, Roosevelt High School. I took this photo in one of the many classrooms that has posters representing Black History Month. This photo represents economics in my built environment because I feel that many public school students have suffered due to lack of resources and disparities. Roosevelt is lucky enough to be a SUN School, which is a non-profit organization that basically provides the students and those a part of the community with various resources such as a food pantry and a clothing closet. I feel that in many ways these two resources have come a long way in "The Velt" community, providing them with necessities that may have been taken away due to unemployment spiking during COVID-19. However, this emphasizes environmental racism as those in communities with majority people of color are more likely to not have documents to grant them access to jobs, therefore they do not have access to resources that require large amounts of money. Especially since the pandemic started, it has been harder for people to acquire jobs, making it even harder for them to afford to live comfortably. To me, this highlighted that while a community can have access to resources, there are still areas in which their needs are not being met. When we live in a world in which money solves all of our issues, how is it possible to succeed when a single document dictates whether you are eligible or not to get a job? Or how is it possible to even survive if that's the case?

Theme: The Economic Environment: Where do you see economics (disparities and access to resources) in your natural and/or built environment?

Medium: Digital Photography