Region Matters


   December 7th, 2012  Vol. 3. Issue 11                            

Dear Friends and Colleagues

The CRC maintains its mission and strong commitment to bringing together faculty, students and communities to collaborate on innovative research to create just, sustainable and healthy regions in California's Central Valley, Sierra Nevada and increasingly throughout the state. Over the next few months, we will be highlighting in Region Matters some of the on-the-ground impact of this innovative work.
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In This Issue
CRC Research Innovations
CRC Impact
Upcoming Events
Grants/Employment Opportunities
CRC Research Innovations

On Thursday, the CRC hosted a webinar for its latest innovative research partnership. The UC Davis Center for Regional Change and UC Cooperative Extension have created and mapped Youth Well-Being and Youth Vulnerability Indices for the entire state; these indices and associated data will be available through a new online data-mapping website. The webinar introduced the website, reviewed the indices and highlighted ways this new resource can be used to inform policy development, investment, planning, and advocacy on behalf of youth. For more information, click here

CRC Impact

The Center for Regional Change's California Civic Engagement Program is pleased to invite you to attend an upcoming talk to be held at the UC Sacramento Center: Unpacking California Voter Registration and Turnout Trends: The Youth Impact on California's Electorate. 


California's November 2012 turnout as a share of eligible voters was 52.8%, down 6.4 percent from 59.2% in 2008. This presentation will analyze the voter registration and turnout trends for the state of California and its counties. Variation will be mapped to identify disparities in representation across the state, with a focus on young adult voting patterns. Where did youth have the biggest impact on California's electorate in 2012? Where do they have the least representation? Institutional factors affecting voter participation will be examined, including recent online registration and the possible role of high schools. While their share of the state's electorate increased over the last decade, young adult citizens remain significantly under-represented in the California political landscape. These trends suggests the need for new conceptual tools and change strategies to bring us closer to a system of "one person, one vote." To register, click here


Who: Mindy Romero, Project Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project and Jonathan                    Fox, PhD, UC Santa Cruz 

When: Jan 24, 2013

From: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Where: 1130 K Street, Room LL3: UC Sacramento Center

Upcoming Events

Taller Arte Del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) invites you to its Fall Open House this Friday, December 7th from TANA 5-7pm. The Fall Open House will be a presentation of the community youth and participants who actively worked in TANA's four-day a week silkscreen workshops, which have been ongoing since September. This Fall Open House will also coincide with a fundraiser/art-auction to benefit the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The art-auction is co-sponsored with the Yolo Family Resource Center and organized by Dr. Natalia Deeb-Sosa and Xico Gonzalez. For more information please visit their blog at or the website at


Join representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) for a community meeting with updates on the California High-Speed Rail program, for Merced, Madera and Fresno Counties.
Learn more about the next steps for the Merced to Fresno Project section including what to expect if you own a home or business along the alignment. You can also learn more about small business and job opportunities provided by High-Speed Rail and how  you can participate. Forums are being held December 12 and 13, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Click here for more information. 


The Public Science Project's Annual Summer Institute on Critical Participatory Action Research at The CUNY Graduate Center is June 3 - 7, 2013. The Summer Institute is a 5-day intensive training designed to introduce the theory, methods, and ethics of critical participatory action research (PAR) to graduate students, faculty, and members of community-based organizations. Through seminars, roundtables, and hands-on workshops with experienced PAR researchers, participants will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to integrate a critical PAR approach into their scholarship, research, and/or organizing. Applications are due December 31st, 2012-  apply hereFor full details please visit the public science project website

Grants/Employment Opportunities

The Association of By Area Governments is seeking a regional planner and a deputy executive director to address the challenges of building equitable and sustainable communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Deadline for the Regional Planner position is December 14, 2012.The job announcements are posted on our their site:


The Environmental Justice Small Grants Solicitation officially opened October 15, 2012 and will close January 7, 2013The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risk. A copy of the Request for Application (RFA) can be downloaded at : http://www.epa.compliance/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html


The UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center is pleased to announce a call for graduate student applicants to receive research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored T32 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (CTSC-T32).  The CTSC-T32 program is part of a fully integrated approach by the UC Davis CTSC to advance research education and training for multidisciplinary, clinical and translational investigators working to improve human health.  Click here for the application. Materials must be submitted by February 15, 2013