Region Matters


January 28, 2014  Vol. 4, Issue 9     

Hello Friends and Colleagues,
We have some great information to share with you this week! Please read on for more exciting opportunities and information related to regional change. As a reminder, please feel free to share with us any exciting events you have coming up over the next few months. 
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In This Issue
CRC News and Announcements
Upcoming Events
Request for Proposals and Abstracts
Internship Opportunities
Job Opportunities
CRC News and Announcements

CRC Featured in the University of Southern California's New PERE Report


The Center for Regional Change is featured in the University of Southern California's latest PERE report. A Foot in Both Worlds: Institutionalizing Progressive Community-Engaged Research Centers within Universities, explores the relationship between universities and the public through the recent development of progressive community-engaged research centers (PCERCs). The report features the stories, experiences, and unique contexts of these centers that combine engagement with a focus on shifting power and policy through rigorous research that makes its way into the public square.


For more information and to download the report, click here.


CRC's California Civic Engagement Project in the Media


The CRC's California Civic Engagement Project has been receiving lot's of media coverage recently, including The San Francisco Chronicle and a radio interview spot on Hecho En California. This Thursday, CCEP's Director, Mindy Romero, will give invited testimony to the National Commission on Voting Rights.


Click here for more details.






CRC Director Jonathan London Presents on Community-Engaged Research at Northeastern University


Yesterday, CRC Director Jonathan London presented his talk titled, "Spinning Community - University Partnerships" at Northeastern University. This webinar was hosted by The PROTECT (Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats) Superfund Research Program (SRP).


Click here to download a copy of the WebEx recording.



 Upcoming Events
Advancing Prevention in the 21st Century: Commitment to Action 2014


Date: February 13 and 14, 2014

Place: Holiday Inn - Capitol Plaza, Sacramento, CA


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in partnership with California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO), the County Health Executives Association (CHEAC), and the CCLHO/CHEAC Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project invites you to register for this meeting. The meeting will bring together statewide partners from public and private sector organizations to advance shared policy, health system, and health information strategies outlined in the California Wellness Plan (Plan). The goals of the Plan are to reduce the number of Californians living with chronic disease, prevent new cases of chronic disease, and eliminate chronic disease disparities.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.



 Request for Proposals and Abstracts

Research Justice: A Symposium Exploring Community Engaged Scholarship


The UC Berkeley Public Service Center, The American Cultures Center and The Oakland Data Center invite proposals for 'Research Justice' a symposium exploring community engaged scholarship which will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley. The Symposium will host critical conversations which discuss how community engaged scholarship can re-shape the university, its' relationships to "the public", and contribute to shaping the relationship between the two in favor of movements, such as environmental justice, prison abolition, indigenous movements, the fight for K-12 education, and the arts in social justice.


Community members, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals that contribute to the exploration of innovative research partnerships (e.g., via approaches, models, principles) that advance social justice and community self-determination.


Proposals are due February 14, 2014


For more information and submission of proposals, please click here.



Engaging Humanities: Public Humanities Project Grants, 2014-15



The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for public humanities projects during the 2014-15 academic year. 




Who Can Apply: UC Ladder Rank Faculty

Funding Source: UCHRI

Level of Award: Up to $20,000

Deadline: March 5, 2014 (11:59 pm PST). Apply online via FastApps (opens on January 22, 2014)

Funding Decision: It is expected that awards will be announced in late April 2014. Final awards are contingent upon available funding.


For more information, please click here.



Call for Abstracts for American Water Resources Association's Special Summer Session


Special Session Title: Environmental Justice in Integrated Regional Water Management: Challenges and Lessons Learned


Special Session Description: The fields of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) and environmental justice (EJ) are at a unique confluence, given the challenges that small, rural systems face in providing clean, affordable and reliable water. This awareness has led to an increased effort to develop regional drinking water solutions and involve historically marginalized stakeholder groups (e.g. rural areas, ethnic minorities etc.) in IRWM planning. This panel will discuss the challenges and lessons learned regarding how best to ensure that rural and environmental justice issues are adequately addressed in IRWM. This panel brings together leading experts in the academic, policy and IRWM spheres focused on disadvantaged communities and EJ.


Abstracts are due by February 17, 2014.


For more information and to submit an abstract, click here.



Internship Opportunities

Breakthrough Communities Internship Opportunites: Promoting Sustainability and Justice in Metropolitan Regions


Breakthrough Communities Initiative at Earth House Center is committed to building healthy, just, and sustainable communities in an age of global warming -- through education, training and multi-media communication tools, as well as fostering multiracial, multicultural leadership for sustainable metropolitan communities in California, the US, and globally. Breakthrough Communities works with the private sector, government officials, NGOs, community leaders, and faith-based groups to foster metropolitan regional equity. They promote innovative approaches and policies to ensure that all communities in a metropolitan region share equitably in its resources and opportunities, and engage communities in planning for future generations.


Internships are available in the following areas:

System Transformation

Media and Journalism

Research for Publication

Administration and Community Outreach

Tech-savvy Support

Funding and Resource Development  

Social Media, Website and Newsletter Development

Graphic Design and Visual Media


For more information and a listing of all internship positions, please click here.



Job Opportunities

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources' 2014 New Call for Positions


The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is soliciting proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions. This call aims to identify positions for strengthening and rebuilding the ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. The online submittal process will be open from January 14 - May 19, 2014


Submissions will be accepted from the following groups:

*Strategic Initiative Leaders

*Program Team Leaders

*County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List

*Executive Associate Deans


Click here for more information.