Maintaining Privilege on the Labor Market
NURTURING RESILIENCE THROUGH THE PANDEMIC
THIRD CONFERENCE OF ROMANIAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS
June 5th 2021
Panel of professionals in legal counseling, development, and public policy:
The second presenter in the panel was D.Phil. in Sociology Ms. Roxana Diana Galos, a Fulbright-Schuman postdoctoral scholar hosted for a year at Yale University, New Haven. Her presentation titled “Maintaining Privilege on the Labor Market: New Mechanisms of the Inter-generational Transmission of Inequality” provided an engaging comparative look at the challenges faced by newcomers to host societies, social inequalities experienced differently in American society as opposed to European countries. Her personal testimony as a Fulbright-Schuman scholar was a pitch for both Romanian citizens and diaspora members to apply for such research grants that have clear policy implications and a positive impact related to cultural diplomacy. Her study on meritocracy, on reaching for the “American Dream” questions whether empirical evidence supports the contention that higher education remains a great equalizer. She asserts that higher education, while more accessible in recent decades, may yet be the main mechanism of privilege maintenance, that differentiation in the quality of higher education received matters, and obstacles imposed on migrants’ integration are not static but ever evolving.