"Land of Opportunity" represents the many black women I've worked with as a school social worker in financially depressed areas. The women work hard to fend for their families, mostly as a single parent, working jobs with meager earnings. What opportunities can the government and society as a whole help these women obtain jobs with decent earnings so they better provide for their families and work at their place of business with pride? It appears that the potential for employment and personal/financial success is determined not so much by the women's lack of desire for success, but by an overabundance of limited opportunities.
David Feingold has a diverse background: A BA in Art Education from Southern Illinois University, an MS in Communications Design from the Institute of Design/Illinois Institute of Technology, an MSW in social work from Loyola University and a doctorate inDisability and Equity in Education from National Louis University. David was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, stemming from a closed head injury in a hit-and-run accident, as an adolescent. Using visual and textual narratives, the dissertation takes the reader through his discovery of a unique concept: the “Bipolar Impaired Self.” He is currently writing a book on the subject. Feingold designed educational materials, taught visual design at Columbia College, Chicago and was employed as a school social worker for 15 years in low income communities, advocating for students with disabilities to achieve equity in our education system.