Janielle Murphy


Janielle Murphy



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Oral history interview of Janielle Murphy by Sebastian Munoz

In the interview, Janielle Murphy describes how her work with the Miami-Dade County Head Start program has revealed to her students’ struggles with the digital divide. She elaborates on how helping children obtain the digital access they desperately need to succeed in the 21st century has become one of the most important aspects of her job. She also speaks about her family’s struggles with digital access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Oral History, Digital Access, Miami, Digital gap, Wealth gap, Race Studies, Covid-19, Internet Access, Technology Access, Education Access, Overtown, Miami Springs, Liberty City, Brownsville, Hialeah, Florida International University, Socio-Economic Factors, Political Advocacy, Awareness, Social Issues, Digital Inequality, Digital Equality, Social worker


Economic Policy | Public Policy | Social Justice



Length: 30 Minutes

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Janielle Murphy was born in Germany because her father was part of the United States Air Force. However, she grew up in Miami, specifically in Liberty City. Although she grew up in Liberty City, she went to school in the area of Hialeah and Miami Springs. After high school, she began her pursuit of higher education at the University of Florida (UF), majoring in business. However, she changed her major to sociology and was able to find her passion while minoring in social work. She decided to finish her studies at Florida International University (FIU), and graduated in the field of social work in 2003. Currently, she works with Miami-Dade County Head Start and the Early Head Start program.

Janielle Murphy



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