Weekly Updates


October 19,  2011   Vol. 1. Issue 38              


Hello Friends,


There are several opportunities to get involved in regional change contained within this newsletter; from presentations and online resources to seminars and informal gatherings.


We hope that you will find time to take advantage of the many resources contained here as there is something for just about everyone with an interest in the issues and opportunities in and around the regions we serve.



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

CRC Activities

CRC Informatics Coordinator, Teri Greenfield, will be conducting a workshop at the Healthy City Statewide and Regional Partnerships Fall Convening. The convening will be an opportunity to create sustainable change.  The partnerships represent a diverse learning community that benefits by sharing knowledge and skills that can be applied across sectors, issues, and communities.


Jesikah Maria Ross, Founding Director of the UC Davis Art of Regional Change (ARC) Program recently led a series of participatory video trainings for youth, staff and community partners of WarChild Holland in South Sudan. The capacity building trainings are part of the Conn@ct.Now Initiative. Check out a short video on her international media trainings by clicking here.


On October 20th, Lee Neves, the Barnes and Nobles Community Relations Director, and Sandy Holman, the founder of The Culture C.O.-O.P. (and CRC Regional Advisory Committee Member), will be holding a Diversity In The Classroom presentation for educators and community members at the Stockton Barnes and Noble located at 4950 Pacific Avenue, Stockton Ca., 95207. The presentation will be from 6:30 - 8:00p.m and is free.The Culture C.O.-O.P. (Caring, Optimistic, Open-minded People) promotes understanding and respect for diversity/equity, reading and quality education for all. They accomplish their mission through dynamic presentations and research-based multicultural products that incorporate reading, music, and the arts for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Special Reports on Regional Change


A new San Joaquin Valley study has linked Emergency Room visits to bad air days. Children's asthma-related emergency room visits rise in the San Joaquin Valley at a similar rate as fine particulate levels do; even on days where air quality is considered in the moderate range.That's a key finding of a yearlong study by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State, which examined the short-term impacts of air quality changes in Bakersfield, Fresno and Modesto. Click 

here to read more about this important issue. 
Regional Change in the News
"As winter rapidly approaches, the community should be gravely concerned about the gathering 'perfect storm' that looms on the homeless and affordable housing horizon." This is the first part of a recent message from Bob Ehrlenbusch, Executive Director of Sacramento Housing Alliance, after seeing funding for homeless shelters drop by nearly $750,000 from a decade ago. Read more here.


Under legislation introduced yesterday, businessess in the City of San Francisco could receive a tax break for hiring those with prior felony convictions. the primary reason being that ex-felons are among the most challenged populations in getting work according to hiring data.  Read the rest of this story here.


One in every four solar energy jobs in the United States is held by a Californian, and growth in the clean-tech industry is burgeoning nationwide, a new study said. The total for California was four times greater than the runner-up, Colorado, with 6,186 solar jobs as of last summer. California ranked first in the nation for generating electricity from both photovoltaic solar panels and concentrated solar power systems that use mirrors to focus the sun's energy to create steam to run turbines, the study said. Click here to read more.

Expanding the Circle on Regionalism


The USDA-Economic Research Service and the Ford Foundation recently convened a national conference on creating wealth in rural communities and regions in America. Over 170 researchers, rural development practitioners, funders and policy-makers participated in the discussion. They are continuing the conversation on their conference website. There you can find presentations and pictures from the conference and ways to engage in dialogue with others working to create long-term economic growth and prosperity in rural places. Over 300 people have already joined and the hope is that this website will help to create a community of practice that will generate research questions and be a marketplace of ideas. check it out by clicking here.


Presentation resources and other materials have been posted online from the recent San Joaquin Valley Forum: "Setting Our Course: Creating a Region of Opportunity through Equitable Transportation and Land Use Planning". This important event brought together equity leaders, advocates, academics (including CRC Director, Jonathan London), and local government representatives to learn, share best practices and develop strategies to move the region forward. To view these resources, please click here.

Upcoming Events
Event Reminder: Anthony Bebbington will be giving a keynote address on "Healthy People in Sustainable Communities and Environments" on Thursday, October 20th at the UC Davis  Alumni Center.  Dr. Bebbington is the Director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and his work addresses the political ecology of rural change with a particular focus on extractive industries and socio-environmental conflicts, social movements, indigenous organizations, and livelihoods. He has worked throughout South and Central America, though primarily in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, and more recently in El Salvador. For more event details, please click here.


The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies hosts weekly seminars during the academic year. On Friday, October 21st, you are invited to a seminar entitled, "Air Quality and Climate in California" presented by MIchael J. Kleeman, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This presentation will analyze the direct and indirect effects of climate change on the ozone (O3) and airborne particulate matter (PM) concentrations experienced by roughly 30 million California residents. For more information, please click here


You are invited to attend the Environmental Justice Project (EJP) Coffee Hour, co-sponsored by the John Muir Institute of the Environment's EJP and the Department of Native American Studies. Enjoy coffee & cookies, and learn about environmental justice from non-profit leaders, Native American Studies and American studies faculty, John Muir Institute of the Environment staff, and graduate students doing environmental justice research.  You can also: learn how to become involved with EJP, and apply for environmental justice graduate student research funding. Click here for details. 

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Environmental Justice Project of the John Muir Institute of the Environment invites proposals for the White Family Graduate Student Award Program. Successful projects will address or contribute to solutions to critical environmental problems in California. Specifically, we are interested in projects that work at the interface of environmental resources and social justice, health and inequalities. Click here for more information.


A new National Arts Initiative that brings together eleven private philanthropies, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a number of federal agencies is inviting letters of inquiry for art-centered community development projects (ArtPlace). Each project supported by ArtPlace will be selected for developing a new model of helping communities thrive by strategically integrating artists and arts organizations into key local efforts in transportation, housing, community development, job creation, and other areas. Click here for more details about this opportunity.

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Volunteers of America, Bay Area, is looking for a full time Development Officer. The Development Officer is responsible for the implementation of strategies and initiatives designed to garner annual support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Development Officer will oversee all aspects of the fund development office including donor cultivation events, a fund raising breakfast, direct mail, grant writing and the annual fund. For more information about this position, click here


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation invites Applications for Dissertation Fellowships in Education. The Foundation works to help high-achieving, low-income students - from middle school to graduate school - reach their full potential through education. The foundation created its dissertation fellowship program in 2010 to advance its understanding of the factors and contexts that help low-income students overcome personal adversity and challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically. The foundation plans to use this knowledge to design programs and interventions that help more low-income students to sustain their achievement levels through college and beyond. Click here for the full description.


Village Enterprise seeks an Executive Assistant to assist the organization's CEO. Village Enterprise is an innovative microenterprise development organization working in East Africa to reduce poverty by equipping people living in extreme poverty with resources to create sustainable businesses. Village Enterprise provides business training, seed capital start-up funds and on-going mentoring to over 7,500 new entrepreneurs to start over 2,500 new businesses each year. To get further details about this position, click here. 


The Chancellor's Post Doctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity is currently inviting applicants. The program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California. Get more fellowship information by clicking here.