An analysis to see if companies that provide a “liveable” wage have happier employees.

Recently, the topic of raising the minimum wage in the U.S. to a more liveable $15 dollars an hour has been a hot-button issue, as evidenced by the tweet above. While some tote the benefits of raising the minimum wage, others cite potential risks.

Modern stores that are emblematic of this issue include two large big-box retailers: Walmart and Costco. Walmart is well-known for maintaining a low minimum starting wage, which is currently $11. …


A data visualization project illustrating the status of refugees and their resettlements globally.

photo from Al Jazeera: Refugees in a Kenyan camp.

Introduction & Overview

As a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or other events seriously disturbing public order, 79.5 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2019.

This includes 26.0 million refugees, 45.7 million internally displaced people, and 4.2 million asylum-seekers.

The global refugee crisis is a salient, ongoing problem that deserves more attention. This data project aims to convert these immense statistics into digestible and clear visualizations in order to illustrate the refugee crisis.

Key question: What is the current status of the refugee crisis and resettlement countries?

As a board member of Penn for Refugee Empowerment


image design credited to Made Lapuerta

Since I was in high school, I’d always felt overwhelmed by the big concepts that I’d heard from my parents, my peers and the news: “big data”, “cloud computing”, “Internet of Things”…all of which sounded extremely vague, theoretical, and impossible to understand.

As any curious teenager with a little too much free time would do, I decided to delve into learning more about these topics, combing Wikipedia, YouTube videos, and finally an online course on data exploration.

The word “data” is often thrown around as an enigmatic, complex concept that only Facebook scientists or Google engineers can understand. Data is…


In the wake of the tragic murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has seen a radical resurgence.

photo from BYCHARI

Activists have taken to Instagram, in addition to a host of other social media, to post informative videos, petition links, and donation sources for the cause. In an effort to show solidarity, the hashtag #blackouttuesday was created, garnering over 29 million posts on Instagram.

However, this effort has been criticized for drowning out critical information being shared by BLM activists, like protest footage and instructive resources. …

Asha Pereira

Student @ Wharton

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