Region Matters


   March 18th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 22                           

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

Participatory Action Research (PAR) in the Central Valley


This week Jonathan London will present two PAR trainings focused on regional equity and environmental justice in the Central Valley. On Tuesday he will provide a workshop in power mapping for advocates in Stockton engaged in regional land use, transportation, and housing (under Senate Bill 375). This work is supported by a grant from the Resource Legacy Fund. On Thursday he will present a workshop on community-based research in Huron (a predominately farm-worker community in rural Fresno County, as part of the Participatory Action Research Resource Center). This project is supported by the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California ( 


UG On Wednesday March 20th (10-1 in 142 Hunt Hall), the Community Development masters students in CRD 250, Community Development in Practice, will present their final research projects focused on environmental justice in Sacramento. This class was conducted in partnership with the Center for Regional Change and Ubuntu Green ( a pioneering non-profit environmental justice organization.
Ubuntu Green is directed by CRC Regional Advisory Committee member Charles Mason Jr. and includes Katie Valenzuela (CRD and CRC alumna) on its staff.
CRC Impact

Another CRC Alumna Does Good! 


Leticia M. JŠuregui Casanueva is founder and executive director of Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales, A.C.(Crea), in Mexico City. She is also a former associate of the CRC. Recently, Leticia published a special essay: Money Is Never Enough, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. This essay discusses how the field of social innovation has evolved and what challenges remain ahead. Click here to read the essay.  

Regional Change in the News

A new working paper was just released: Increasing Financial Capability among Economically Vulnerable Youth: MY Path. Authors: Vernon Loke, Eastern Washington University, Margaret Libby, Mission SF Community Financial Center and Laura Choi, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The Make Your Path (MY Path) initiative provides disadvantaged youth with peer-led financial capability trainings, a savings account at a mainstream financial institution and incentives to set and meet savings goals. The program focuses on youth earning their first paycheck-a critical "teachable moment" to promote savings and connect youth with mainstream financial products. Click here to download the paper. 


bmoc logo A National Call-to-Action to Close the Achievement Gap: A Report from the Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education.

Using the latest research the recently released report For Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence is a call-to-action to address our nation's destructive educational disparities. The report summarizes how America's K-12 education system, taken as a whole, fails our nation and too many of our children. The commission's report provides a five-part framework of tightly interrelated recommendations to guide policymaking: Click here to read.  

Upcoming Events
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter and Vice Provost, University Outreach and International Programs, William B. Lacy and the Community and Regional Development Program and the Center for Regional Changinvite all to a lecture in the series - 

The Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good: "The Public University and the Social Good: An International Perspective" 

Dr. Allan E. Goodman,

President and Chief Executive Officer,

Institute of International Education (IIE)


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

(Parking $7; Campus Map) 

The Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good, established at UC Davis in fall 2012, is a distinguished speaker series intended to foster informed and focused dialogue on what public universities should and can be in the 21st century. 


Translating Research beyond Academia: A Hybrid Course for Researchers

Including campus researchers, specialists, visiting scholars and scientists, postdocs and grad students Meets Spring Quarter 2013, Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Instructors: Kandace Knudson, Joyce Gutstein, and Julia Shuck, John Muir Institute of the Environment. This hybrid course on Translating Research beyond Academia (TRbA) is being developed to help researchers with ongoing research--and from any discipline--to more effectively share their research. Based on the successful graduate student TRbA seminars, this course will blend on-line and face-to-face sessions into a hybrid format. If you'd like to participate, please email Kandace at and include your position (e.g., postdoc, research scientist, grad student), research area or project, and audience(s) you might like to reach. Address what you hope to gain from this course. Sponsored by the John Muir Institute of the Environment, the Geography Graduate Group, University Outreach and International Programs, and the Office of Research.