Weekly Updates


April 18th, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 16                            

Happy Spring!
An environmental change that has nearly everyone's attention this time of year is allergies.  Yes, the pollen is back in the air.  Remember to take your Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec or at least tissues before you head out for the day.  

Something the CRC is going to focus on this Spring is enhancing our social media presence.  There are a ton of relevant articles and events that come our way throughout the week that we cannot fit into this newsletter.  Below you can find links to our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please "Like" and "Follow" us for more news on regional change, we promise it'll be worth it.    


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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Regional Change in the News
Special Reports on Regional Change
Upcoming Events
Requests for Proposals
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
CRC Activities
SAVE THE DATE - On June 27th the CRC will be having our Spring Regional Advisory Committee Meeting.  Stay tuned for more information.  
The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center's 35th anniversary is this Friday, April 20th from 4:30-6:30 in Woodland.  The center is hosting an open house to celebrate their anniversary and ongoing work.
Come out and support the SADVC and board member Mindy Romero.

Our Regional Partner, HealthyCity.org is hosting a presentation and "test-drive" for their new online mapping tool. The event will take place Tuesday April 24, in Fresno.  Come support Healthy City and their awesome new website feature that is sure to impress.  Click here to download the flier.  
Regional Change in the News

A series of meetings across California sponsored by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network are scheduled to address the growing problem of food distribution inequity in the state.  Paula Daniels, the senior advisor on food policy in Los Angeles want's to bring food policy to the forefront of the conversation.  You can read the entire article here. 


A poll conducted by The California Endowment shows that unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity is at the top of the list of Californians' health concerns facing children.  Proponents hope the study will increase awareness and support for youth health programs. Find out more here. 


Soon-to-be deployed troops are now being sent to central California for a one-week training program on farming.  The U.S. Agriculture department hopes that the training will help familiarize soldiers with Afghanistan's crops and farming traditions.  Read the article here


Read Climate Plan Director, Autumn Bernstein's take on SB 375, a bill that will help Southern California and Sacramento adopt their first ever Sustainable Communities Strategies.  Grassroots community organizations in both regions have been deeply engaged in the development of these plans for the last two years.

Special Reports on Regional Change


Over seventy percent of California's postsecondary students are enrolled in community college making the 112 California Community Colleges the world's largest system of higher education.  Studies have found, however, that seventy percent of students did not earn a certificate, degree or transfer within the first six years.  A special study by The Campaign for College Opportunity studies five examples of community colleges that are working to reverse the trend.   Click on the image to download "What Works Now."

Upcoming Events
On Thursday, April 19th an event considering the future of Modesto's downtown will discuss the impact of various development choices.  The panel will feature Mayor Garrad Marsh, Chris Ricci with Common Wealth Modesto and representatives from the development community.  Download the flier here.
April 19th is earth day
! Keep California Beautiful has set up a number of events throughout the day in northern and central California.  McDonalds locations will be collecting e-waste material to recycle for free. Proceeds will go to support the ongoing efforts of KCB. Find out more here.


The Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium will take place April 26-28. The event highlights the outstanding work of the UC Davis graduate student community for the UC Davis campus.  You can find out more about the event and how to apply to be a presenter here.

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

 Roadmaps to Health prize is meant to honor communities for population health improvements. The prize is part of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps that aims to show what communities can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play.  Click here for more details about how to apply.  


The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the Council on Foundations' Public-Philanthropic Partnership Initiative, announces the inaugural annual Secretary's Award for Community Foundations. The Secretary's Award for Community Foundations recognizes excellence in public-philanthropic partnerships that have both transformed the relationship between the sectors and led to measurable benefits in terms of increased economic employment, health, safety, education, sustainability, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, and/or housing access for low and moderate-income families. Find out more here. 

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

The office of Graduate Studies at UC Davis is hiring a Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and to the Chancellor.  A key leadership position, the graduate student assistant speaks on behalf of the graduate student population, voicing concerns, needs and perspectives of the Graduate Council.  Find out more here.     

The Agriculture Sustainability Institute at UC Davis seeks a Postdoctoral/MPP/MBA student to join sustainable sourcing project team. Read more about the position and the ASI on the flier.  


The California Department of Food and Agriculture is hiring a graduate or student assistant in Sacramento to assist in a variety of technical duties.  Click here to read more.


There are teaching assistant positions in the Department of Women and Gender Studies.  Students with knowledge of women and gender studies are encouraged to apply.  Download the flier here