Region Matters


  July 2, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 36                  

Dear Community,
This is an exciting time for the Center for Regional Change--new initiatives are underway, new staffing and lots of good work! We appreciate our colleagues and community and hope you find this newsletter inspiring and informative. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
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In This Issue
CRC Impact
CRC New Staff
CRC Events
Regional Change in the News
CRC Innovations
Photo: UC Davis scholars promoting democratic community engagement.
Imagining America 2013

Imagining America 2013 Summit - Los Angeles


Jonathan London and the Center for Regional Change partnered with a diverse cohort of UC Davis faculty and affiliates (from left to right: jesikah maria ross, Department of Human Ecology, Ryan Galt, Department of Human Ecology, Robert Irwin, Department of Spanish/Chair of the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, Dan O'Connell, American Farmland Trust, Jesus Hernandez, Department of Sociology, and Brett Snyder, Department of Design) to participate in an Imaging America ( summit on applying community organizing and engaged scholarship frameworks to transforming higher education. The summit included faculty, students, administrators and community partners from a national network of colleges and universities all exploring how to enhance our practices of engaged scholarship as a means to extend the rigor, reach and social relevance of our scholarly work.  Imagining America, led by Nancy Cantor (Chancellor of Syracuse University) is a consortium of 90 colleges and universities -- including UC Davis -- dedicated to promoting higher education as an active agent for the public good. Chancellor Cantor was a key note speaker at a recent symposium on the engaged university as part of the UC Davis Provosts' initiative on the Public University and the Social Good, co-sponsored by the Center for Regional Change and the Department of Human Ecology: Community and Regional Development.


Community-Based Participatory Action Research (PAR) Workshop


Jonathan London and Rey León, Executive Director of the San Joaquin Valley Latino Environmental Advancement Project, facilitated a workshop on community-based participatory
Ray Leon
action research (CBPAR) at the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Institute, "CBPR Institute for Health Equity: Building Effective and Sustainable Partnerships to Improve Community Health" held at San Francisco State University on June 24th. The workshop featured the CRC's collaborative research in the San Joaquin Valley as well as Leon's inspiring participatory research community organizing model. London and Leon are co-directors, along with Robin De Lugan, UC Merced, of the Participatory Action Research Resource Center, serving the San Joaquin Valley. The PARRC was established with seed funding from the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California.

With several new initiatives underway, the CRC is excited to welcome new staff members to assist with program and operations management, research and tecnnical needs.


Beth Bourne is the program and operations manager for the Center for Regional Change. She assists in managing the Center's various programs and projects, as well as coordinating outreach, communications and events. She has over ten years work experience as a transportation planner and land use planner for several cities and regional planning agencies within California as well as Oregon. She has a BS in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an MS in Community Development from UC Davis.

Cassie Hartzog, a Sacramento native, is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at UC Davis. She studies cassie immigrant health disparities, focusing on how health behaviors change as immigrants are integrated into American society. Cassie is currently on the research team for the CRC-Rabobank Rural Opportunity Index project. She was also a member of the research team on the CRC's Healthy   Youth/Healthy Regions study and is participating on a project investigating the role that community-based organizations play in the educational and social outcomes of immigrant youth. Cassie studied mathematics at Pomona College, computer science at UC Berkeley, and worked as a software developer before starting graduate school, where she enjoys applying her research skills to the study of issues that impact community well-being.

Diane Godard joined the Center in 2013 as Project Associate for CRC's Rabobank Rural Opportunity Index, and brings over 14 years of experience in social and behavioral research to the project. She began her work in community development conducting social, health, and economic needs assessments, and has since developed expertise in survey methods, instrumentation, sampling strategies, and analysis. She earned her MA in Social Psychology from SFSU, where she also taught several methods courses for survey research and research in human sexuality

CRC Co-Sponsors The Provost's Forums on the Public University & the Social Good 2013-14

To continue the dialogue on the challenges and opportunities facing the public university in the 21st century, suggestions are now being solicited for individuals who might participate as speakers in the second year of The Provost's Forums on the Public University and the Social Good (AY 2013-14). The events in the upcoming year will build upon a very successful first year for this

important series of lectures. For information on the Provost's Forums series and videos of last year's main presentations, see the "Future of the Public University" webpage located on the Provost's website.

Regional Change in the News


The Press-Enterprise reporter David Olson writes a thorough three-part series on the housing crisis in the Coachella Valley, where "thousands in the eastern Coachella Valley live in substandard homes, even after the closing of the Duroville slum...Periodic blackouts, toilets that overflow with raw sewage and arsenic-tainted drinking water are a way of life for many of Riverside County's poorest residents." Click here to read this article. 


The CRC and the California Institute of Rural Studies have partnered with the Eastern Coachella Valley Building Healthy Community (ECV-BHC) to advance environmental justice-related policy and systems change priorities in the Eastern Coachella Valley. The goals are to increase the capacity of the ECV-BHC partners to access relevant, accurate and timely sources of data and to increase utilization of this data for advocacy, organization and education. The project is funded by The California Endowment.

CRC Innovations

The work of CRC colleague Michael Rios, Chair of the UCD Community Development Graduate Group, is featured at an exhibit on participatory design in the United States. The Graham Michael Rios Foundation presents Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches, an exhibition of visual research by architect Mathias Heyden and artist Ines Schaber. Focusing on the work of seven U.S.-based community design architects and planners and their projects, the exhibition presents the findings of a multi-year research project funded by the Graham Foundation. Click here to learn more information.