Region Matters


   March 4th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 20                            

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CRC Impact
CRC Innovations
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
CRC Impact

Engaged scholarship: An approach to transforming the public university by building and applying knowledge in ways that both inform social change and reflect critically on the politics of knowledge itself.

This Thursday (March 7), Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter hosts a public symposium on the prospects and pitfalls of this approach. The symposium, the latest installment in the Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good, is called "Contested Politics of Knowledge in the Public University."


Organizer Jonathan London, assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology and director of the Center for Regional Change, said key questions will include: How can the university develop and sustain collaborative research partnerships with underrepresented communities? How can we ensure rigor and independence of engaged scholarship? What are the individual and institutional capacities necessary for effective engaged scholarship?


The morning program, 10 a.m. to noon, starts with George Lipsitz, professor of sociology and black studies at UC Santa Barbara, giving a keynote address, and then moderating a panel discussion. The panelists: Jesus Hernandez, a lecturer and visiting scholar at UC Davis, where he received a doctorate in sociology; Milton Reynolds, a senior program associate with Facing History and Ourselves, and Young Shin of Asian Immigrant Women Advocates, which is committed to developing the collective leadership of low-income immigrant women and youth to organize for positive changes in their living and working conditions.


The afternoon session, 1 to 3 p.m., comprises a talk by Ken Reardon, professor and director, City and Regional Planning graduate program, University of Memphis; and thematic workshops with faculty, students and community partners. 


The symposium resumes at 5 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall 415 Second St. in downtown Davis for the closing keynote, "The Modern University: Engagement Outside, Contests Inside," by Nancy Cantor, chancellor and president, Syracuse University. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will introduce Cantor, and there will be a light reception after Cantor's address, until 7 p.m.


Co-sponsors: the Center for Regional Change, Community and Regional Development (part of the Department of Human Ecology), the UC Davis Humanities Institute, and the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California. Click here for more information. 

CRC Innovations

CCEP: Leading Research on California's New Online Voter Registration



Recent research by the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project was just highlighted in Governing Magazine. The article discusses the impact of the state's new online voter registration system on the make-up of its voting electorate. Click here to read the article. 


Regional Change in the News

Doing Good: NDS

Racial Tensions and Workplace Inequalities at a Community Clinic 

in El Nuevo South Natalia Deeb-Sossa   

Throughout the "New South," relationships based on race, class, social status, gender, and citizenship are being upended by the recent influx of Latina/o residents.

Doing Good examines these issues as they play out in the microcosm of a community health center in North Carolina that previously had served mostly African American clients but now serves predominantly Latina/o clients. Drawing on eighteen months of experience as a participant-observer in the clinic and in-depth interviews with clinic staff at all levels, Natalia Deeb-Sossa provides an informative and fascinating view of how changing demographics are profoundly affecting the new social order. 


New Brief: Rural Natives' Perceptions of Strengths and Challenges in Their Communities. Carsey researcher Jessica Ulrich-Schad shares insights about Native Americans and Alaska Natives using data from Community and Environment in Rural America surveys and focus groups with Native leaders in one rural state. Describing how the Native experience is both similar to, and unique from, that of other rural Americans, Ulrich-Schad concludes that, while Native people face challenges in their communities, they remain optimistic and firmly attached to their Native identities, culture, and natural environment. Click here to read the brief. 

Upcoming Events

Consortium for Women and Research Grad Research Brown Bag Series, Winter 2013

The Consortium for Women and Research (CWR) provides annual research awards to

graduate students working on gender-related issues. Recipients of last year's awards are

presenting a work-in-progress of their research at the following times. Click here for more information. 

Tuesday, March 5

"Leaders of a 'Leaderless' Movement: The Coalition of Revolutionary Youth and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution", Rusha Latif, Community and Regional Development

12-1pm, 132 Hunt


Please join us this Wednesday, March 6, for the Doing Debating Development Speaker Series in Hunt 166. Speakers: Deldi Reyes, Environmental Justice Program Manager, and Richard Grow, Region 9 Project Lead, United States Environmental Protection Agency. See the speaker schedule here   


Food Utopia Creating a Food Utopia from Food Dystopia: What Needs to Happen?   

A talk about how current U.S. Food and Agriculture Policies shape our food systems.

Ricardo Salvador Director and Senior Scientist Food and Environment Program Union of Concerned Scientists

Monday, March 11th, 2013: 3:30-5p.m.






Digital Media and Learning Conference

The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine. The fourth annual conference - DML2013 - is organized around the theme "Democratic Futures: Mobilizing Voices, and Remixing Youth Participation" and will be held between March 14-16, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to learn more.