Region Matters


   March 11th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 21                           

Dear Community,

We hope you are enjoying the wonderful spring-like weather! Please read on to see some of the exciting events occurring at the CRC this week. 

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In This Issue
CRC Innovations
CRC Impact
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
CRC Innovations


On Thursday March 7, the Center for Regional Change organized a symposium on engaged scholarship as part of the Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good.

JH Co-sponsoring of the symposium were the Department of Human Ecology/ Community and Regional Development, the Davis Humanities Institute, and the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California.


photo This series is aimed at furthering awareness and dialogue on this important topic within and beyond the university community, and also at exploring the potential to make UC Davis a center for the study of the role of the public university in contemporary society.


The March 7th symposium: "Contested Politics of Knowledge in the Public University" -- the fourth in the Provost's series - focused attention on engaged scholarship,or scholarship undertaken in relationship with the issues and actors driving social change. Engaged scholarship seeks to build and apply knowledge in ways that both inform social change and reflect critically on the politics of knowledge itself.


photo 3 Symposium speakers included: photo2

George Lipsitz, Professor of Sociology and Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ken Reardon, Professor and Director, City and Regional Planning graduate program, University of Memphis

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University 

Jesus Hernandez, Department of Sociology, UC Davis

Milton Reynolds: Facing History and Outselves

Young Shin: Asian Immigrant Women's Association

Cutcha Risling Baldy, Native American Studies, UC Davis (co-producer of Uneasy Remains

Video pod casts will be available soon on the Provost's Office and the Center for Regional Change websites.

CRC Impact

chris benner

Recently, CRC Executive Committee member, Chris Benner, Ph.D., participated in a
TedX Talk titled: The Power of Just Growth--Diverse knowledge communities and their role in shaping inclusion and prosperity in America's Metropolitan Regions. View the video online here



To stay in touch on the latest research from Chris Benner, follow him on Twitter @chrisbenner!

Regional Change in the News

Please join us for this quarter's final Doing Debating Development (DDD) Speaker Series talk on Environmental Justice:

Carolina Balazs, UC Davis President's Post-Doctoral Scholar 

Bringing EJ Voices into Regional Water Management Planning: Recent Advances in the Central Valley's Water Justice Movement

Wednesday, March 13  | 12:10 - 1:00 PM |  Hunt 166


The San Joaquin Valley has some of the most contaminated drinking water in the state, and in the country.  This water threatens the health and pocket books of communities across the Valley, especially in small, disadvantaged communities.  While these communities have historically been left out of policy and planning discussions on how to address drinking water burdens, the Valley's thriving water justice movement has helped shift dominant discourses and policy goals for the region, and ensure that the voices of environmental justice (EJ) communities are heard.  One recent success is in the arena of regional planning.  While drinking water policy arena has generally failed to use regional solutions as a way to address drinking water needs, there is growing understanding that cross-community solutions may be the most sustainable way to address the widespread challenges facing local communities.  Recognizing this, state Integrated Regional Water Management Plans (IRWMPs) have begun to incorporate EJ goals into their local work.  Using the Upper Kings Disadvantaged Community Pilot Study as a case, this talk explores the opportunities and challenges of current regional planning efforts, and reflects on the implications for environmental justice.


The Doing Debating Development (DDD) speaker series presented by the Community Development Graduate Group and the Center for Regional Change, with co- sponsorship by the JMIE Environmental Justice Project and supported in part by a University Outreach and International Programs Seed Grant.

Upcoming Events

Say Yes

Upcoming Literacy Seminar on March 11th from 4-7pm at MLK (3051 Fairfield). Participate in an interactive writing workshop that will demonstrate hands-on tools being used at Grant High School to engage students in essay writing.  This session will be co-facilitated by Dr. Vajra Watson and Patrice Hill. Come support lessons that are culturally relevant write now! Also, mark your calendar: Friday, May 3, 2013 is the 5th Annual SAYS Summit at UC Davis! 


NCCLF's Fixing the Future Screening

Co - Sponsored by the SJV Rural Development Center and the Humanic Program and Sociology Department


March 28

 20135pm to 8pm 

California State University Fresno

University Business Center Auditorium Room 192

5245 N. Backer Ave. Fresno

Please join NCCLF for an exclusive screening of the movie Fixing the Future. Learn how local organizations and communities are strengthening their neighborhoods by using sustainable and innovative methods to build their local economies. David Brancaccio, author and contributor to NPR's Marketplace narrates. Wine reception begins at 5pm. Movie begins at 6pm. For questions regarding this event, please contact Alice Rocha at or 559-452-0327.

Save the Date | April 26, 2013

2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Regional Economic Forum

Creating a Great Place for People and Business.

Join other community and business leaders from throughout the San Joaquin Valley on Friday, April 26, to discuss progress and growth opportunities for our region. Your participation will result in specific recommendations elevated to the California State Economic Forum. For more information, please contact: Mike Dozier, California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.