Region Matters


   February 8th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 17                            

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In This Issue
CRC Impact
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
Grant Opportunities
CRC Impact
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Dr. Antwi Akom, Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED) and Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Education at San Francisco State University gave a talk recently entitled "Race, Power and the Environment: Building a Youth-Driven Climate Justice Movement." I-SEEED aims to create sustainable cities and schools so that people do not have to leave their communities in order to live, learn, work and thrive. Dr. Akom's presentation was sponsored by the Community Development Graduate Group and the Center for Regional Change (Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments initiative) with co-sponsorship from the Environmental Justice Project of the John Muir Institute of the EnvironmentWatch the video here

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Regional Change in the News

Oakland is rolling out a new municipal ID card that's also a debit card. It can be used to deposit checks, pay bills online and transfer money. It's the first card of its kind in the nation, and the program is designed to solve banking problems common to immigrants and people living on the financial edge. Click here to learn more. CRC alum. Michael Johnson, has been a major force in the development of these new IDs.


A recent  article in the Merced Sun-Star discusses long-standing concerns that economic and educational resources for youth in and near Merced are concentrated in certain geographic areas, leaving many neighborhoods struggling to succeed. The report -- Moving Merced Communities Forward -- looked at several socioeconomic indicators, including proximity to toxic sites, access to parks, public transportation and educational opportunities. Click here to read. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 13, 10am, Risling Room, 3201 Hart Hall


NAS 161 (CA Indian Environmental Policy) will be featuring two distinguished speakers, presenting

"Indigenous Fire, Land, Water, Art, and Education". Ron W. Goode (Tribal Chairman, North Fork Mono Tribe) and Prof. Jared Aldern (Faculty, Prescott College). Please RSVP if you can to


On February 21st, Amanda Eaken's, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities Natural Resources Defense Council will hold a presentation, titled, "Building the Communities We Deserve " at Modesto Junior College. Click here for more information. 


Onward and Upward: Moving Local Economic Development Forward


On April 10 & 11, 2013, CALED presents California's largest economic development conference designed to train attendees to implement effective practices to assist businesses and grow local economies. As communities are dealing with the loss of redevelopment, the training identify ways of moving local economic development forward. This year's conference is focused on how to fund economic development, best practice models, policy, and professional development. For more information on the conference and to register, click here  

Grant Opportunities 

Grant Writing Workshop for UC Davis Graduate and Undergraduate students wanting TO LEARN TIPS on how to WRITE A SUCCESSFUL Blum Center Grant$40,000 in GRANT funds are available for 2013.

Successful grants emphasize practical application of solutions that address poverty and/or inequity around the globe. Grant applications are due March 15thWorkshop REGISTRATION is free:

When: Wednesday, February 20th

Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Where: Plant & Environmental Sciences, Room #2005

For more information on eligibility and the grant RFP application, see:

Co-sponsored by the UC Davis Blum Center and the International ReciprEquity Collective (IREC), a student association.  


The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative (HGSI) seeks talented undergraduates, graduate students, and mid-career professionals for its 2013 seminar on the History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance. HGSI is a research program that explores how the world community has  responded to planetary threats to derive lessons that will help us  take on the challenges of the present and the future. Each summer, a  select group of participants comes to Columbia University for three months to work with leading scholars and policymakers. This year's initiative hopes to train a new generation of researchers and leaders who understand both the development of climate science and the changing nature of world politics. Participants pursue original research both independently and in teams. Students will receive eight credit points for the seminar, the equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia. For more information about the program, visit Application Deadline: March 5, 2013. Apply at: