Region Matters


  September 30, 2013  Vol. 3. Issue 48                 

Dear Friends,
We hope you find this newsletter informative and useful in your work within your community. Please keep us posted on your accomplishments and upcoming events so we can share the news with our 1,200 person mailing list and growing.  
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In This Issue
CRC Events in October
CRC's Regional Impact
Regional Change in the News
Other Regionally-Relevant Events
Proposal Requests
Employment Opportunities
CRC Events in October

CRC lunch seminar with David Cooper, University of Cape Town, South Africa

October 1st, Noon to 1:00 pm, 142 Hunt Hall


David Cooper will give a seminar presentation of the core ideas of his latest book: "The University in Development: Case Studies of Use-Oriented Research " Brown-bag lunch and light refreshments will be served.


 CRC book launch event with author and journalist Sasha Abramsky

"The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives"

October 8th, 4:00 p.m., MU's Griffin Lounge


Sasha Abramsky, author, journalist and UC Davis' writing program lecturer will discuss and sign copies of his latest book. Light refreshments will be served.



UC Community Engaged Research Survey Presentation

October 9, from 10 am to noon, UC Davis Buehler Alumni Center


What are the experiences of scholars conducting community-engaged research in the University of California? How can the University of California better support community-engaged research?

The UC Office of the President funded researchers at UC Merced to conduct a system-wide survey of community engaged research. The discussion will include findings across the system and for UC Davis. Your recommendations for how to support community engaged research will be shared as part of a system-wide report to enhance support for community engaged research.


 For more information on CRC events, contact Beth Bourne at 530-752-3007 or

  CRC's Regional Impact

CRC and Ubunto Green collaborating for a more sustainable and equitable region


The CRC continues to strengthen its strategic partnership with Ubuntu Green, a Sacramento-based non-profit organization committed to promoting healthy, sustainable and equitable communities through advocacy, education, community development and empowerment.


Directed by CRC Regional Advisory Committee member, Charles Mason Jr. with a senior staff including former CRC graduate associate Katie Valenzuela, Ubuntu Green collaborates with the CRC on several action research projects. These include an environmental justice mapping project for the Sacramento region funded by The California Wellness Foundation and led by Teri

Greenfield and a multi-disciplinary research project on soil lead levels and home gardens funded by UC Agricultural and Natural Resources and led by Mary Cadenasso, professor of Plant Sciences and member of the CRC Executive Committee. In addition, Ubuntu Green Program Director, Rangineh Azimzadeh, recently participated as a CRC Community Scholar as part of the "Community Development in Practice" course in the Community Development Graduate Group masters program.








Jonathan London leads a recent training on environmental justice with Ubuntu Green "G-Squad" youth leaders in one of Ubuntu Green's community gardens in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood.

 CRC in the News

CRC's California Civic Engagement Project  (CCEP) cited in UC Davis Magazine

The university's magazine introduces readers to the CCEP, a nonpartisan data repository and mindy romeroresearch initiative for the state of California with emphasis in identifying disparities in participation across place and population.

To view the UC Davis Magazine article under "Discoveries", click here.

Access to searchable DATA HUB and data categories is on the CRC's website, by clicking here.

CCEP's Director Mindy Romero to present at the American Planning Association California Chapter (Cal APA) Conference in Visalia

On October 7, Mindy Romero will discuss the leadership skills needed to enable citizen and professional planners to thrive when technology enables diverse communities to become experts in planning elections. On October 9, she will present the CCEP's research on demographic changes in voting patterns as well as CRC's work on GIS spatial analysis and opportunity indices.

For more information on the Cal APA conference, click here. To access, the CCEP policy brief, click here.

Other Regionally-Relevant Events
The Global Market of Unskilled Labor, A Research Conference with Keynote Speaker Alejandro Portes

October 25-26, UC Davis Buehler Alumni & Visitor Center

This conference explores the formation, dynamics, and consequences of the participation of migrants in the emerging global informal economy; as well as the economic, political, and social implications that such participation presents for migrant receiving and sending societies. A diverse group of international scholars will address a variety of issues including: global trends in migration and the informal economy, socioeconomic integration, and sectoral panels focused on migrants engaged in informal employment in the construction, agriculture, and service industries.

Click here to view the conference website. Registration is free and required to attend.

Proposal Requests
Request for Seed Grant Proposals - University Outreach & International Programs

University Outreach and International Programs (UOIP) requests proposals that will foster new programs and initiatives related to (1) International research, educational and academic outreach activities and programs, and (2) Continuing, distance and lifelong learning and academic engagement with the broader society. UC Davis faculty members from all disciplines and with PI status are eligible to apply. Funding amounts will range from $5,000 to $15,000 per proposal.

Proposals are due Thursday, October 31, 2013.
More information about the proposal requirements can be found here.

D-Prize offers $20,000 to social entrepreneurs who will launch new poverty-fighting ventures

D-Prize combines international development and social entrepreneurship and believes the world has already discovered cheap, effective technologies to eradicate poverty - but those proven solutions have yet to be distributed to millions of people who need them most. The D-Prize competition is offering up to $20,000 to anyone with an idea to more effectively distribute poverty solutions related to education, energy, health, and other areas. Five to fifteen social entrepreneurs each will win seed capital and mentorship to launch a pilot of their venture in the developing world.

The deadline to submit is November 30, 2013.

To view application packets and profiles of past winners, click here

Employment Opportunities 

San Joaquin Valley Regional Director for Sustainable Conservation

Position open for Regional Director to oversee the Modesto office and lead Sustainable Conservation's new effort to find a regional solution to address the environmental impact of dairies while providing profitable revenue streams and/or avoiding costs for the industry. The Regional Director will partner with our team on promoting on-farm practices to reduce dairies' groundwater contamination and contribution to air pollution and on expanding our groundwater recharge initiative in the San Joaquin Valley. This is an excellent opportunity for a strategic and collaborative professional committed to healthy environment and healthy economy in the San Joaquin Valley.

To read the full job description, click here.


UC ANR seeking inaugural director for the new Nutrition Policy Institute

The University of California Division Agriculture and Natural Resources is launching a new Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI). ANR has begun recruitment for an inaugural director to provide leadership and operational management of NPI. They seek a visionary leader who can bring together a variety of diverse partners and stakeholders to successfully compete for extramural funding at state and national levels. The director will serve as a key ANR spokesperson on nutrition and health-related issues and a collaborator who can promote interdisciplinary efforts in nutrition research with other UC campus-based researchers, USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and other federal and state nutrition programs, Cooperative Extension community-based nutrition education programs and the ANR Strategic Initiative leaders.

Applications must be received by October 7, 2013. For a full position description and application, click here.