Weekly Updates


February 29, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 9                       



Hello Friends,


 It is week 8 of our quarter system here at UC Davis and spring seems to be nearly upon us. Time seems to fly with ever more commitments and taking time to unwind or to relieve stress can be crucial.

Here is an excellent resource for managing and alleviating stress for any of those periods when you find it's most acute.


Below You will find those events and other resources and opportunities to stay informed and engaged.  


Best wishes,


The Center for Regional Change.




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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Regional Change in the News
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Upcoming Events
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
CRC Activities
jesikah maria ross
was recently interviewed by the UC Institute for Research in the Arts as part of a story on the Art of Regional Change, a collaboration between the UC Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change. In the interview she discusses her projects as a Community Media Specialist.

Chris Benner, Department of Human and Community Development and Executive Committee member of the Center for Regional Change, will discuss and sign purchased copies of his latest book Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America's Metropolitan Cities; coauthored with Manuel Pastor. The event will take place in two weeks on Thursday, March 15th from 12-2pm in the Garrison Room at the UCD Memorial Union. The book empirically establishes the link between social equity and economic growth and competitiveness at the regional scale in the U.S. For more details, click here
Regional Change in the News

State Senator Kevin DeLeon proposed legislation that would allow domestic and other workers to enroll in a modest state-operated retirement program financed by the beneficiaries with virtually no cost to employers or taxpayers.  Find out about this legislation by clicking here.  


The state does have a way to detect a dangerous, unregulated chemical that has been detected in the drinking water in Clovis, Fresno, and other cities. Find out about this potential hazard by clicking here.    


A scathing report on California's school finances not only repeats the indictment of an inequitable, insufficient and irrational funding scheme, but also details how California spends on average $620 less on a student living in a high-poverty area than one in an affluent neighborhood. Click here for the story.  


Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday threw cold water on Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to ask California's poor to contribute to their federally subsidized healthcare - payments the governor has proposed to save the state more than $500 million a year. Find out more here.  


Special Reports on Regional Change


As California school districts cope with declines in local and state revenue, more of them are showing up on the state Department of Education lists of financial distress. The latest of the semi-annual listings, released last Thursday, reveals that a third of the state's 6 million K-12 students are attending schools in 127 districts rated as in danger of being unable to meet their financial obligations, 17 more than made the list a year earlier. Find out more by clicking here.

Upcoming Events
Next week is
the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative Human Rights and the Humanities Week, March 5-9, 2012! The week is proudly co-sponsored by the UC Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change. Click here to get a schedule of events.

There is still time to register for the 2012 National Inter-agency Community Reinvestment Conference from March 25 - 28, 2012 in Seattle, WA. This is the premier training and networking event for community development professionals! Sessions and tours are filling up fast, so register now to secure your spot. Click here to learn more about this conference.


Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The World of Children Awards recognizes individuals who are changing the lives of children in the United States and abroad. Nominations are now invited for the 2012 awards. The award program is dedicated to dramatically improving children's lives by identifying and recognizing extraordinary individuals who have created proven, sustainable nonprofit programs serving children in need and awarding cash grants to advance their work. Click here for more information.


The Hitachi Foundation's Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program seeks to identify and support inspiring young entrepreneurs whose work helps alleviate domestic poverty. The competitive program is open to young entrepreneurs who are operating viable businesses in the United States with the dual purpose of making a difference and making a living. Click here for more details about this opportunity.    


The American Legacy Foundation has announced the 2012 Legacy Tobacco Industry Documents Awards Program. These awards recognize youth and adults who have made a significant and well-recognized contribution to the health of the public in the recent past through use of tobacco documents. The awards honor innovation in the use and application of tobacco industry documents to further the goals of tobacco prevention and control in order to help build a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. Click here for more details  


Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (UAF) is looking for an Executive Director. The organization comes to the support of women activists working in conflict or crisis situations. Click here for the full description.  

 The California College of the Arts seeks an Associate Vice President of Advancement. This person will serve as senior fundraiser who leads the California College of the Arts' individual giving program. This position will play a leadership role in a major new fundraising campaign to expand the campus. To get further details about this position, click here.    


Corporate Accountability International seeks an Advocacy Writer to draft, edit, research and proofread foundation communications, including letters of interest, proposals, and reports among other responsibilities. For 35 years they have successfully challenged corporations like Nestlé, General Electric, and Philip Morris to halt abusive practices that threaten human rights, public health, the environment and our democracy. For more on this position, click here.  


Mission Economic Development Agency is advancing innovative approaches to asset development. Its efforts are focused on serving low-income, Spanish-speaking San Franciscans. They are seeking a Partnerships Coordinator to play an important role in building the sustainability of their national technology project, the Latino Tech Net. This Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Funded (BTOP) three -year project is bringing technology access and training to low and moderate income Latino communities in ten states nationwide, at 19 computer labs. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.