Weekly Updates


January 11, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 2                



Hello Friends,

We are so pleased to be able to start new projects like the work in the Coachella Valley referenced below and to be able to gear up to take on more projects of regional significance this winter. Next week, after the MLK Holiday, we will convene our Regional Advisory Committee and work with our other colleagues to continue our focus on producing cutting edge research and engaging communities in regional change.


Best wishes,


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

The CRC is excited to announce that we'll be contributing staff time during Winter Quarter to the newly formed UCD Human Rights Initiative (HRI), directed by Dr. Keith Watenpaugh. The HRI seeks to foster collaboration across disciplines surrounding the topic of human rights, and has already formed new opportunities on campus. As of this academic year, UCD Students may now major in Human Rights. In addition, from March 5-9, the HRI in cooperation with the Davis Humanities Institute will host this year's "Human Rights and the Humanities Week," which will include a graduate student symposium, the 2nd Spring Human Rights Colloquium, and two distinguished speakers. CRC program coordinator Rachel Goldstein will be assisting with the planning of these events. For more detailed information about the week and the HRI, please visit their website. 


The CRC is also receiving funding for work in the Coachella Valley; the part of the region near Indio. The project will be building on the SJVCHIP project. Working with another California Endowment Building Healthy Communities Site. This is one of 14 communities in California that will receive intensive community development activities focused on health outcomes such as obesity, violence prevention, and racial disparities). Look for more on this project in future issues. 

Special Reports on Regional Change
A new report released by PolicyLink, ISAIAH, and TakeAction Minnesota takes a deep look at the benefits and challenges that low-income communities and communities of color face when light rail comes to their communities, and ties these benefits and challenges to people's health.
Find the report by clicking here.
Regional Change in the News

The number of school-based health care centers is increasing in California, but funding challenges remain. There are 183 school health centers in California, an increase from 121 in 2004. According to the California School Health Centers Association; 12 more clinics are expected to open by next summer. Read this entire story by clicking here.   


About 60 people protested Tuesday in downtown Fresno against $2.5 billion in planned cuts to state health and social services, saying Gov. Jerry Brown should increase state tax revenues rather than target assistance to children, the disabled and the elderly. Read the rest of this story here.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture, have been popping up all over the Valley. According to a report featured in the California Agricultural Journal published by UC Davis, they're not only popular, they're making money. Click here for more on this story. 

Over the objections of angry college students and worried faculty members, California community college leaders voted Monday to support a systemwide overhaul that could end many free classes for older adults and squeeze out students who fail to move quickly through the system. Read more here.


Upcoming Events

Registration for Complete Streets for California is now open. This conference will take place Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Kyoto Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles. There will be two tracks this year that will allow for a more interactive and participatory conference. Track A=Redefining Street Performance Metrics & Safety and Equity Considerations. Track B=-Re-Purposing Road Space as Public Space and Social and Environmental Ecology.  Click here for more information on this event.  


For more than six years, 6 counties and 22 cities have supported the Greenprint initiative to build the best regional urban forest and plant 5 million trees. Please come to the Greenprint Summit on January 18th  to learn how you can get involved. For more information click here.


Attend the January 27th seminar, "Crime and Punishment in Finland and California: Exploring Justice in Two Societies". This one-day seminar held at California State University, Fresno is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services, Department of Social Work Education. It explores social issues related to crime, incarceration, and families in two very different locations: the welfare society of Finland and California, which has the largest prison system in the western world. Click hereto learn more about this seminar.  


The Doing, Debating, Development Seminar at UC Davis has published their schedule of presenters. These events are a great chance to explore different community development issues, and interact with those making change all over the world. Click here for more information.   

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Foundation for Youth Investment has grant funding available. In 2012, FYI will continue the legacy of the Stewardship Council's highly respected and focused grantmaking program that reduced physical, financial, and social barriers to enable youth participation in outdoor experiences. To achieve its stated goal and objectives, FYI will direct grants to support  the participation of underserved youth in successful outdoor urban and wilderness programs and much more. Click here for more information.

 The EPA is announcing a unique grant opportunity for college and university faculty and students - EPA's P3 -People, Prosperity and the Planet - Program. Through this hands-on design competition, student teams and their faculty advisors receive $15,000 grants to design scientific, technical, and policy solutions to sustainability challenges around the world. Click here for more details about this opportunity.      


The Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2012 E Pluribus Unum Prizes. The national awards program provides $50,000 prizes annually to exceptionally successful immigrant integration initiatives. Click here for more on this prize.  

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The School of Planning at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia invites applications for the position of Director, starting in July 2012. They are looking for a new Director, eligible for tenure and for appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level. Applications from professionals and academics in planning, landscape architecture, and urban design fields are encouraged. Click here for more on these positions.  

CALPIRG has five different types of internships available for students. CALPIRG interns earn course credit by working on research projects or campaigns. The purpose of the internship program is to provide the opportunity to take education out of the classroom, to do hands-on work, learn important skills, and make a direct impact on public interest issues. Click here for the full description.  


Through the Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) summer intern program, you can work alongside global health leaders at the US Agency for International Development, the world's largest development organization. Opportunities are in the Agency's Bureau for Global Health in Washington, DC. Other opportunities, including overseas postings, will also be available. To get further details about these positions, click here.    


The California Endowment is looking for Program Managers for their Los Angeles Office. Program Managers (PM's) are the primary policy drivers and grant making professionals within The California Endowment. They work collaboratively and cooperatively with other Program managers and management to ensure external activities, programmatic communications and grant making are aligned with the strategic vision, are goal oriented and impact driven. For more on this position, click here