Weekly Updates


January 4, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 1                



Hello Friends,

We are set to hit the ground running this Winter Quarter. The Center has received a generous financial award (described below) to expand the capacity of the Art of Regional Change program, we are also hiring through our California Civic Engagement Program and work feverishly to accomplish our short and long-term goals. We look forward to more exciting news and opportunities to strengthen our programs and increase our impact in the region in the coming months.


Best wishes in the new year,


The Center for Regional Change.


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

CRC Activities

art of regional change 

The Art of Regional Change (ARC), a joint initiative of the UC Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change, has been awarded $20,000 by the UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) to host a series of public events in 2012-2013 to showcase its latest multimedia project Restore/Restory. A university and community collaboration that pairs UC Davis students, scholars and artists with community activists and members of the Cache Creek Conservancy, the project tells the complex history of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve through an interactive web site and site-based audio tour. The UCHRI Extramural Explorations award will allow ARC to host three Chautauqua-style assemblies to disseminate the art and research produced through Restore/Restory to off-campus, and largely under-served, rural audiences around Yolo County. The successful UCHRI proposal was submitted by ARC Program Director Jesikah Maria Ross and Associate Professor of English, Mike Ziser.


The Center for Regional Change is hiring for a data collection and analysis position through the California Civic Engagement Project. The position entails data organization, data entry and creation of written and graphical reports. For more information, please visit the project page here. The position will be roughly 10-20 hours per week for Winter Quarter and may extend into Spring. To apply, please contact Mindy Romero.

Special Reports on Regional Change


A new study has been published in the Urban Affairs Review that considers the relationship between California municipalities' policy orientations toward residential development at the start of the housing boom in the late 1990s and the subsequent incidence of foreclosures during the housing crisis in 2008 and 2009. Click here to read more about the findings of this report.

Regional Change in the News


The first Sierra Nevada snow survey of the winter found more grass than snow in some locations, yet state officials said the dry conditions are not yet a reason to worry about water supplies. Read this entire story by clicking here.  


UC Merced's ongoing research endeavors produced knowledge that serves the Valley's community and economy, as the university's burgeoning athletics program became another source of pride for the community and the campus's continued development served as major source of economic investment during a difficult economy.  Read the rest of this story here


Kings County and the rest of the Central Valley are in for an unusually cool and dry winter based on the lack of rainfall in December.  What it also means is that the Valley's air quality is off to a rough start this winter. Click here for more on this story.    


Church Stained Glass 

The spiritual leaders of mostly African American churches have emerged in recent weeks as a new special interest group in Sacramento city politics, endorsing City Council candidates, attending news conferences and advocating changes in how the city is governed. Read more here. 

Upcoming Events

The UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research wishes to remind you to attend Wednesday's  Health Services Research Seminar at the Medical Education Building on January 11, 2012 - "Outcomes of endovascular treatment for peripheral arterial disease based on gender and race/ethnicity in California between 2005 and 2009". The featured presenter will be Nasim Hedayati, MD, Assistant Professor Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. Click here for more information on this event.  


The Water Education Foundation presents: "Water 101, The Basics and Beyond"  The course is open to anyone interested in learning more about the history of and the management structure of water in California and about the water issues facing the state. The course will be especially beneficial to water resource industry staff, engineering and environmental firm personnel, legislators, legislative staff, advocates, stakeholders, environmentalists, public interest organizations and water district directors. For more information click here.

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Sundance Documentary Fund, a program of the Sundance Institute, is dedicated to supporting documentary films that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and critical issues of our time. Click here for more information.


The American Legacy Foundation, which works to reduce tobacco use among priority populations in the United States, is accepting applications for the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications.  The program will award two $5,000 scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. Click here for more details about this opportunity.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The Sierra Health Foundation is a private philanthropy with a mission to invest in and serve as a catalyst for ideas, partnerships and programs that improve health and quality of life in Northern California. Currently the organization has four positions available including: Director of Health Programs, Evaluation Director, Public Affairs Director, and Program Officer. Click here for more on these positions.  

The International Economic Development Council offers an extensive internship program for graduate and undergraduate students for summer, fall and spring semesters. Internships are organized into two different categories: technical and communications/marketing for students in a range of fields including: communications, economic development, and public policy. Click here for the full description.  

equality california 

Equality California is the preeminent, statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization in the State of California. They are seeking a Director of Special Events to plan and execute fundraising events to benefit EQCA. Fundraising events include dinners, house parties, and receptions to recruit, cultivate, engage, and acknowledge EQCA donors. To get further details about this position, click here.