Region Matters


  September 16, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 46                   

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 and our affiliates. Please read on to learn more. 

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In This Issue
Innovations for the Regions
Impact in the Regions
Regional Change in the News
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
Innovations for the Regions
Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) -  Neighborhood action and advocacy resources for community-campus partnerships


For the past four years, the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco null State University has been working with community partners from city government agencies, CBOs, and residents in order to build awareness for action and advocacy in neighborhoods. They have several documents that they have developed as a result of these efforts, including the "Community Action Guide". This guide is designed to be used by staff from universities/colleges who might be interested in replicating this model.

To download these documents , please click here.


Impact in the Regions

Study confirming valley fever spike featured in Merced Sun-Star article

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms in a research article what doctors, epidemiologists and people who suffer from valley fever have experienced firsthand - cases of the fungal disease rose at stunning rates over the last decade, especially in California and Arizona.

To read the full article September 2, 2013 by reporter Rachel Cook, click here.

Non-profit Alley Podcast about creating a nonprofit coalition & building relationships


Autumn Bernstein, ClimatePlan Director is interviewed about how she built a statewide nonprofit coalition, with nearly 60 members in California. Learn about: forming a coalition, building relationships with other nonprofits, consensus building, organizing state-wide partnerships, and project development.

Listen to the full 50 minute interview here.   

Regional Change in the News

Sacramento News and Review features article about activists rally for less-polluted low-income neighborhoods

CRC Regional Advisory Committee member Charles Mason, CEO of Ubunto Green was Ubuntu Green: Ubuntugreen.orgrecently featured in a Sacramento News and Review article. Ubuntu Green is a nonprofit, with offices in Oak Park and Lemon Hill, that is dedicated to helping impoverished Sacramento neighborhoods to become healthier, sustainable and more equitable. Sacramento is home to some of the most troublesome toxic hot spots in the state, all of which lie in the region's most impoverished and racially diverse communities.

According to data by the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the California Environmental Protection Agency, six ZIP codes in north and south Sacramento are among the top 10 percent of California locations most impacted by pollution. Two of these spots, located in the Florin-Stockton neighborhood, sit in the top 5 percent.

To read the full article, click here.

Upcoming Events

Bruce Katz Book Release and Discussion

September 19th, noon to 2pm,

University of California, Berkeley - Alumni House


Save the date to hear Bruce Katz discuss his recent book, The Metropolitan Revolution, with a panel of national experts. His book The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy, highlights these urban American success stories and the people behind them in order to share lessons and catalyze action.

To register for this free event, including light lunch, click here.



UC Davis School of Education Hosts Fourth Annual California's Equity Summit

October 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., UC Davis Conference Center

Opportunities for equity is the theme, with three strands covering the following topics: 1) Violence and Healing in Our Cities and Schools, 2) New Funding Formulas for Social Justice and 3)Schools as Pathways to Prosperity.

Fee for the event is $60 with breakfast and lunch included. For event details and to register, click here.

Equity 101: Striving to Truly Make a Difference in our Schools

October 24th, 8:30am-12:30pm, Yolo County Office of Education, Woodland, CA 95776

CRC Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) member Sandy Lynne Holman, M.S., the Director of The Culture C.O.-O.P., will lead a workshop that examines how "systems" within education - racial, historical, and institutionalized practices - continue to perpetuate what is disingenuously termed the "achievement gap." We will examine why most current efforts to improve student achievement are failing, particularly among students of color, and assess our own roles in inadvertently maintaining the status quo in our schools and community.

This session is appropriate for anyone interested in education. Cost of the workshop is $115.

For more information contact Anabel Figueroa at 


Employment Opportunities 

UC Davis Assistant Professor of Food Systems and Value-Added Agricultural Networks Position

The Community and Regional Development (CRD) program of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis announces an opening for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level. We seek outstanding candidates with a promising research program in Food Systems and Value-Added Agricultural Networks. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a strong social science research agenda, inter-disciplinary and multi-dimensional perspectives, substantial capacity for generating extra-mural funding to support their research program, and a record or promise of excellence in teaching and mentoring students. Candidates should have expertise in value-chain analysis, network analysis, values-based supply chains, and/or commodity chain/systems analysis. Research taking an integrative approach across time, space and/or regions is particularly welcome.

For more information please contact Luis Guarnizo, Search Committee Chair at


Graduate Level Intern - Content Development Specialist

Enterprise Community Loan Fund (ECLF) is seeking a graduate level student to work as a Content Development Specialist for 15 hours a week. The specialist will review historical and existing community efforts supported by ECLF and help make them accessible to a variety of stakeholder groups. The Content Development Specialist will engage and foster cross- and inter-departmental communications, liaising with ECLF's lenders in field offices, the Marketing and Communications department, the Knowledge, Impact and Strategy department, etc.

For more information about this position, click here.