Region Matters


   February 19th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 18                            

Dear Community,

The CRC has had another busy week! We have been active on campus and across the state promoting a growing understanding of the importance of regional equity efforts. Please join us in support of this work and continue to let us know when you see its impact in your areas of influence. 
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In This Issue
CRC Innovations
CRC Impact
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
Grant Opportunities
CRC Innovations 
ddd3 This week the Center for Regional Change was honored to host Carl Anthony and ddd event 2 Dr. Paloma Pavel of Breakthrough Communities as part of the Doing Debating Development speaker series. The DDD is a program of the Community Development Graduate Group, co-sponsored this quarter by the Center for Regional Change and the Environmental Justice Project of the John Muir Institute of the Environment. Carl and Paloma are members of the Center for Regional Change Regional Advisory Committee.  Their work with Breakthrough Communities draws on their deep expertise in regional equity, environmental justice, and sustainable community planning. 
CRC Impact
CRC Alumna Does Good!  katieV
Katie Valenzuela, formerly with the CRC and graduate of the Community and Regional Development Masters Program at UCD, recently joined Ubuntu Green. Katie has been involved with some very impactful projects since she left campus. Click here to learn more about our fantastic alumna!
New 2010-2060 California Population Projections: Maps! 
Today, the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project released its GIS mapping of the new California Department of Finance 2010-2060 population projections. These maps visualize the dramatic population changes by county across the state for Latinos, Asians, African-Americans and Whites. Click here for the link.
Regional Change in the News
jkl On Saturday February 23rd, CRC Director Jonathan London will be an invited speaker at the Inaugural Environmental Health Leadership Summit held in the Coachella Valley. Jonathan will be previewing the CRC's latest report, Revealing the Forgotten Coachella Valley: Putting Cumulative Environmental Vulnerabilities on the Map. This study was conducted in collaboration with a coalition of environmental justice and health organizations in the region, with the generous support of The California Endowment. For more information, please see:

Upcoming Events

Please join us for tomorrow'sDoing Debating Development Speaker Series on Environmental Justice in Hunt 166 at 12:10PM: Arsenio Mataka, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs

California Environmental Protection Agency. His talk, Environmental Justice Inside Out, draws on his community and recent government experience. Mr. Mataka will discuss how inside out strategies can help identify, address and impede environmental justice issues. Next week's speaker: Alison Alkon, author of Black, White, and Green: Farmers Markets, Race, and the Green Economy (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation). For a full list of speakers, please see.


February 22nd will feature a half day symposium entitled, "Making the 'People's University': Exploring the Civic Mission of Public Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension." This symposium is focused on questions surrounding the civic mission of land grant universities and what possible changes in university practices may be needed to better fulfill this mission in the future, particularly in context of the current crisis facing all public universities. To explore these important topics we will be welcoming Lawrence Busch, Professor of Sociology, Michigan State University; Rose Hayden-Smith, 4-H Youth, Family and Community Development Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension; James Lapsley, Adjunct Associate Professor of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis; and Scott J. Peters, Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and Co-Director of Imagining America, Syracuse University. We hope you can attend this exciting event: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 1:10 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room, Student Community Center. If you have not already, to help us in the planning of this event please RSVP your attendance to Alycia Thompson. For more information please click here or visit the website: The Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good.

Register to attend the February 22nd Convergence ProgramThe February Convergence program will
nexted feature a discussion highlighting the critical role STEM education plays in equipping students with important skills and knowledge preparing them for success in key sectors of the Next Economy. Speakers will also discuss how to build and fund STEM pathways from high school into post secondary, aligned with key economic objectives. Convergence will be held in conjunction with the Second Annual Statewide CA Project Lead The Way Conference and will be attended by over 500 business, education and civic leaders from throughout the state of California and the Capital Region.  
Project Lead The Way is a nationally recognized pathway program with curriculum that is focused in STEM education, PLTW is currently offered in over 40 schools within the Capital Region and over 400 schools in California. Click Here to Register for Convergence! 


What does rural California sound like? What makes up the days (and what's on the minds) of people who live in our state's small towns? And how can reporters convey that accurately and evocatively to an urban audience? To complement the California Historical Society exhibition I See Beauty in This Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California, five public radio reporters will share sounds and stories from across the state and discuss the joys and challenges of reporting in rural California. A panel discussion with reporters Lisa Morehouse, Dan Brekke, Julie Caine, Molly Samuel, and Michael Montgomery will be moderated by I See Beauty curator and writer/photographer Lisa M. Hamilton.

California Historical Society, 678 Mission (@ 3rd St.), San Francisco

Thursday, February 28, 6pm. FREE event. RSVP here:

On Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, 2013, join academics, practitioners, and community leaders for an interdisciplinary discussion about sustainability that bridges the environmental, economic, and social spheres within complex urban regions. The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and Hofstra Cultural Center in partnership with the Columbia University Center for Sustainable Urban Development and New York University Center for the Sustainable Built Environment  present  a conference: From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs . The conference will be held at Hofstra University -- Hempstead, NY. For additional information, please call: (516) 463-5670.   


June 25-27, 2013. Co-sponsored by the University of Southern California's Center for Diversity and Democracy & Augsburg College's Center for Democracy and Citizenship.  Publicly engaged scholars, artists, and other community members are working with institutions of higher education in a wide variety of ways to revitalize and build an inclusive, citizen-centered democracy. Imagining America believes that tools and practices from broad-based community organizing offer a powerful means of strengthening this work. To advance the adoption of organizing tools and practices, they are offering a Summer Institute on Community Organizing. The Institute will provide a space for working teams of three to four campus and community leaders from a limited number of Imagining America's member institutions to engage in deep reflection and discussion about theories and practices of organizing that draw on the strengths of arts, humanities, and design fields. Participants will experience how storytelling and "public narrative" can be used to define and shape individual and collective roles in the work of institutional and social change. Each team will develop specific action plans to take what they've learned home. For more information, please contact us at

Grant Opportunities 

The UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC-a UC MRPI) is accepting proposals for Planning and Development Grants of up to $15,000 to support the crucial early stages of collaborative research projects that show significant promise of securing extramural funding for their implementation phase.  The deadline to apply is March 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Please refer to the attached RFP and/or for more information.  Please contact Samara Foster, CCREC Assistant Director ( or 831-459-1991), with any questions.