Weekly Updates

 

August 24, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 30           

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Hello Friends,

We are beginning to wind down those projects we began this summer as we continue to disseminate the findings of the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions research.

At this time, we are also lining up speakers and presenters and planning events for the upcoming year in order to connect our work to that being done in other parts of the region, state, and globe.

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Below, you will find relevant: news, resources, opportunities, and events in the regions we serve and beyond.

 

The Center for Regional Change

In This Issue
CRC Activities
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities

CRC Activities

The Center for Regional Change is hiring a Graduate Student Researcher for a 25% time position from Fall 2011 through Summer 2012 (with potential to extend through Fall 2012) to assist with an action research project on rural community economic development. The project also includes a special emphasis on the assets and needs of Native American and minority entrepreneurs and leaders. For additional details, click here.

 

On August 17th, the CRC's Director, Jonathan London presented the findings of the recently completed Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions Research to state political leaders at the California State Assembly Select Committee Hearing on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in Sacramento. Click here to read a piece written by the Executive Director of PolicyLink about the event and about efforts aimed at boys and men of color. Click here to learn about or refresh your understanding of this important and groundbreaking research. 

Special Reports on Regional Change
Unemployment. Photo: economy.ocregister.com
A report published by the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency's Employment Development Department shows that not only does California have the second highest unemployment rate in the nation, but also that unemployment in the state disproportionately impacts: teens, minorities, and men. Read the article and the official report by clicking
here.
Regional Change in the News

A report by the Essentia Health Organization finds that residents in small, rural towns near Merced are not eating enough fruits and vegetables despite living in an agriculturally rich area. Although California was ranked number 1 in production of fruits and vegetables, nearly 3 out of 4 residents in the state's rural areas aren't getting enough fruits and vegetables to eat. Get the complete story by clicking here.  

 

For the first time in its history, the total amount that University of California students pay in tuition this year will surpass the funding the prestigious public university receives from the state. This marks a historic shift for the UC system and is part of a national trend that is changing the nature of public higher education. Click here for the article.        


Modern Landfill. Photo: el-desantos.blogspot.com 

Kettleman City residents and  environmental justice groups recently applauded the U.S. EPA for issuing a one million dollar enforcement action against Chemical Waste Management in response to major violations of the law at the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill. Kettleman City community groups welcomed the massive fine and called on the EPA and other regulatory agencies to finally deny permits for the proposed expansion of the Chemical Waste Management hazardous waste landfill. Click here to find out more.   

Upcoming Events
The Sacramento Stand Down Association invites you to the 2011 Sacramento Stand Down from September 16th to September 18th. The Stand Down happens each year when Sacramento-area homeless veterans and their dependents are provided housing, food and other resources. All of the planning and working at the Stand Down is performed by volunteers. For more event and volunteer information, click here.

   

Community Research. Photo: spittoon.23andme.com 

Free Webinar: UCLA Health DATA's NIEHS-funded Assessment of Local Environmental Risk Training (ALERT) Project announces another free webinar for researchers: "Supporting Community-Engaged Research: Tips and strategies from NIEHS". The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has been an innovator in promoting partnerships between community groups and researchers. This webinar will provide an overview of NIEHS areas of interest, funding opportunities and peer review for projects utilizing community-engaged research approaches to address local, real-world environmental health concerns. For more information about this opportunity, click here

 

Each year, The Community Food Security Coalition brings people together to learn from each other and to shape the future of the movement. This year the event returns to California and is titled, "Food Justice: Honoring our Roots, Growing the Movement". This event is expected to draw 1,200 participants this November 5th through 8th in Oakland, CA from almost every state, many Canadian provinces, and five continents. Click here for details about this event.    

 

Attend the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Annual Internal Study Mission in Sacramento! The event happens on October 21st and 22nd and is an opportunity to learn about: how Sacramento is utilizing its base to drive economic development, promoting sustainability, driving industry clusters through collaborative leadership, and more. Click here for details about this event.     

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
The National Science Foundation is offering fellowships under the Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Program. The goal of the program is to enable the discoveries needed to inform actions that lead to environmental, energy and societal sustainability while creating the necessary workforce to address these challenges. Click here for more details about this fellowship. 

 

The San Francisco Foundation is inviting applications for their Nonprofit Transitions Fund. The grant program is designed to help nonprofit organizations rethink and regroup in response to the downturn in the economy. The goal of the fund is to help nonprofits reduce costs and time spent on administrative work, as well as increase productivity. Click here for the full description.    

  

Young Minds Logo. Photo: leadersot.org 

Google Inc. is looking for twelve young people, between the ages of 18-24, to enter the Young Minds Competition. All young people who have made or are trying to make a positive difference in the world are encouraged to apply. Those chosen will be invited to attend Google's annual invitation-only, two-day Zeitgeist Americas event which will include celebrities such as: Will.I.Am, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Stephen Hawking and Queen Rania of Jordan. Click here for information about this contest.    

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

Facilitator. Photo: masterfacilitator.blogspot.com 

The California State University, Sacramento, Center for Collaborative Policy (Center) in Sacramento has announced a job opening for a Public Policy Lead Mediator / Facilitator. The Center's mission is to build the capacity of public agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public to use collaborative strategies to improve policy outcomes. Get more position information by clicking here. 

 

A recruiting firm is looking for a Fresh Foods Solutions Marketing Manager to lead a team responsible for assessing opportunities to deliver innovative solutions to the fresh produce market, with a focus in the areas of food safety and shelf life extension. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and at least 8 years experience in new business development, marketing, sales or product management. For more information, click

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Asian Resources, Inc. is seeking an effective and visionary Associate Director to assist the organization's employment, advocacy, education, and training efforts. The Associate Director will work with the Executive Director and will be responsible for day-to-day ARI operations. Click here for the full announcement.  

 See all of this information and more on our website: regionalchange.ucdavis.edu. We invite any input on or contributions to these announcements.  Also, if you are interested in providing a post for our blog, please let us know.  To unsubscribe, click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thanks for your time!

 

Michael Johnson 

UC Davis Center for Regional Change