Region Matters


November 4, 2013  Vol. 4, Issue 1           

Dear Friends:
We hope you find this week's newsletter informative and useful in your work and efforts in the regions. We are excited to share news of our recent bi-annual regional advisory committee meeting and new award for distinguished service to the CRC.

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In This Issue
CRC News and Announcements
New Publications
Upcoming Events
Employment Opportunities
CRC News and Announcements
David Hosley awarded inaugural Award for Distinguished Service to the CRC
From left to right: gayle yamada, David Hosley, Jonathan London, and Dean Delany from left to right. Photo by John Stumbos, CA&ES.


UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Mary Delany and CRC Director Jonathan London bestowed the award at the CRC's fall Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting on October 30th at the UC Davis conference center. The award was presented to Mr. Hosley in recognition for his many years of valued service to the UC Davis Center for Regional Change as a trusted advisor, mentor and donor. 

In addition to the noon-time award presentation, three new advisory committee members were welcomed: 

Keith Bergthold is the Assistant Director, Development and Resource Management with the City of Fresno. Keith is also the Founder, CEO, and Lead Organizer (currently as an active volunteer CEO and board chair) for the Relational Culture Institute based in Fresno.

Daniel O'Connell is the San Joaquin Valley Program Manager for American Farmland Trust. Currently, Daniel's professional work is centered upon land use planning policy, practice and advocacy.

Marieke de Rijke is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer with Rabobank, N.A. The bank seeks to make a positive impact on its customers and communities and focuses on creating awareness for the environment by integrating CSR with the bank's business practices.

New Publications

Imagining America publish piece titled "Countering the Single Story about Higher Education's Public Purpose" 

Imagining America's faculty co-directors, Scott Peters and Tim Eatman, have published an op-ed on The Huffington Post. Here's an excerpt: In her moving TED talk on "the danger of the single story," Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie describes how single, one dimensional stories about people, institutions, and places have been and continue to be told and used to dispossess, dehumanize, and malign. One of her examples is the single story that Africa is a continent of tragedy and poverty--and nothing else. Importantly, Adichie also argues that the act of restorying--of telling stories that counter and challenge the false definitiveness of single stories--can empower, humanize, and restore a sense of hope and possibility.

To read the full article on The Huffinton Post site, click here.


New issue of International Journal of Community Research and Engagement published


Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement recently published its latest issue. Current aricles listed in the table of contents include titles such as: Community-based research decision-making: Experiences and factors affecting participation; Choice, power and perspective: The neglected question of who initiates engaged campus-community partnerships; and Building equitable community-academic research collaborations: Learning together through tensions and contradictions.


To review the full table of contents and articles, visit the website here.



 Upcoming Events


Webinar: The economic and social imperative for advancing Latino college achievement


November 5, 10:00-11:30am


How are Latinos in California faring in college? Eighty three percent of Latino parents hope their children will earn at least a bachelor's degree, and while record numbers of Latinos are graduating from high school and enrolling in higher education, too few are completing college.

In the first report of their new series, The State of Higher Education in California, examines why the largest and fastest growing population in California also has the lowest college completion rate. Latinos are quickly becoming the new majority in the state and their college success is directly tied to the future social and economic security of California.


To register for the webinar, click here.

SACOG: Advancing 21st Century Transportation

November 14, 2-3:30 pm
SACOG offices, 1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento

The federal transportation program is at a crossroads. Without congressional action to increase revenues the Highway Trust Fund will be bankrupt within a year. Hear from Transportation for America Director James Corless about the future role of federal investment in the region's transportation infrastructure and what is needed for Congress to act. What are Congress' options for increasing revenues? What policies could give Sacramento and other regions the tools to make investments that will promote long-term economic development and competitiveness?
No RSVP is needed. For questions, contact Erik Johnson at

Employment Opportunities 

Regional Director with WSARE

This position serves as the Regional Director of the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, a regional program that is part of the national Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The WSARE program encourages sustainable farming and ranching practices that are productive, economically successful, environmentally sound and socially rewarding. The Regional Director holds a key leadership position that is responsible for jointly coordinating a mission-oriented program with an annual budget of approximately $4 million and a staff of approximately 8 people.

Review date is November 11, 2013. For more information, visit the WSARE website