Region Matters

 

  June 10th, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 34                   

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, 
 
Thank you for joining us this week! We are delighted to share the latest news on the many projects of the CRC. Please read on to learn more. 

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

Revealing the Invisible Coachella Valley: New Report Launch!

 

Jonathan London, Tara Zagofsky, and Teri Greenfield will present the CRC's latest Cumulative Environmental Vulnerability Assessment of the Eastern Coachella Valley at a community forum to be held at 5:30pm on June 12 at the Mecca Campus of the College of the Desert. Revealing the Invisible Coachella Valley: Putting Cumulative Environmental Vulnerabilities on the Map is the result of a two-year partnership with environmental justice, health, and farm worker advocates. The report shows that the majority of residents, who are primarily low-income people of color face, extreme levels of environmental hazards including drinking water contamination, hazardous land uses, pesticides as well as poor quality housing and infrastructure. The report was commissioned by the California Institute for Rural Studies with generous support from The California Endowment/ Building Healthy Communities.

CRC Impact

Since the launch of its innovative new policy brief on the Latino vote, the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project, has been very busy! The new policy brief has been generating much attention and positive reaction, including an article byDan Walters of the Sacramento Bee. Click here to read!

Last Monday, Mindy Romero, CCEP Project Director, gave a legislative briefing to elected officials and their staffs at the State Capitol. The briefing was hosted by Assemblymember Luis Alejo and co-sponsored by the California Latino Legislative Caucus.  On June 19th, Mindy will be presenting again to the Hispanic Action Network in Stockton. See the flyer here, for more information.  

 

To stay in touch on the latest research from the California Civic Engagement Project, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero!

Regional Change in the News

Keith WatenpaughCRC Faculty Affiliate, recently published an essay on the war in Syria and the country's university students. Click here for the article that appears in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  

 

OreCal, a policy research collaboration between the Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy at Oregon State University and the University of California Agricultural Issues Center, directred by Professor Dan Sumner (CRC executive committee member), is pleased to announce the release of the following new issues brief: What Can be Done to Reinvigorate US Agricultural Research? By Philip G. Pardey, Julian M. Alston, and Connie Chan-KangThis brief describes the evolving patterns of support for public agricultural and food research and development, the shifting emphasis of spending within the broad portfolio, and some potential policy approaches to revitalize U.S. agricultural research. Click here, for the brief. 
Upcoming Events

 

Community Network for Research Equity & Impact
 
Community Network for Research Equity & Impact (CNREI) Supports Community Organizations Engaged in Research! 

 

 

The CNREI is sponsoring a free monthly series of coaching conference calls for community partners who are considering or already engaged in research partnerships with academic partners. Ann-Gel Palermo, CCPH board member and Chair of the Harlem Community and Academic Partnership, is facilitating the calls on these Mondays from 4 - 5:30 pm ET: June 17, July 15 and Aug 26. To participate, sign up here. Community partners may join the CNREI (it's free!) here.

Employment Opportunities 

Manager, Consumer & Community Development Research: Federal Reserve Bank  

 

Manages section resources directed to implementing activities supporting research and analysis on consumer finance and community development issues. Monitors developments and trends in consumer finance, community development, and consumer credit through primary data collection. Conducts economic research and analysis on specific consumer and community development topics for dissemination through various forms such as conference presentations, government reports and journal publications. Serves as an internal consultant for work on consumer financial services laws and regulations. Works under the general supervision of the Assistant Director, exercising broad independence in managing personnel. Click here, for the position announcement. 

 

Scholar-Activist Project and International (nee Regional) Workshop Awards is open.

 

Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards are grants of up to 10,000 to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or community grassroots organisations, among other places) which further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society. They are aimed at promoting programmes of action-research, participation and engagement, cooperation and co-enquiry, and more publicly-focused forms of geographical investigation. The Foundation seeks to fund work that's mutually beneficial and leads to the exchange of ideas across and beyond the borders of the academy, and builds meaningful relationships and productive partnerships. Click here, for more information. 

 

International Workshop Awards (known as Regional Workshop Awards last year; 'in what sense a regional workshop?' we asked ourselves...) are grants of up to 10,000 to support radical geographers holding events such as conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools, and action research meetings. We encourage collaboration - whether with fellow scholars, research groups, university departments, NGOs, think tanks, or social movements - the building of capacity, and development of community. The Foundation encourages initiatives that are adventurous, that explore the boundaries of established academic practice, and that trespass and disrupt disciplinary (and other) borders. For more information, click here