Region Matters


April 29, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 21  

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director


We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters.  Because we were out last week, we have a lot of new and wonderful information for you below. 

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In This Issue
CRC News
Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments (HY/HE) Spotlight
Regionally-Relevant Events
Employment/Internship Opportunities
About Us: The UC Davis Center for Regional Change
CRC News

CRC First Strategic Planning Retreat

Last week, the CRC community gathered at the rustic Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga to develop a collective vision and action plan for our next five years.  Integrating input from and connecting our diverse staff, faculty, students, and regional advisors was particularly valuable.  Key topics included cultivating shared leadership across the organization, expanding and deepening our engagement with faculty and with policy partners, and increased mentoring for students.  We also discussed ways for the CRC to serve as a campus resource for engaged scholarship.  Thank you to all participants and to Mark Simon from Story Walkers for his inspired retreat design and facilitation!


Fresno Metro Ministry Collaboration and Workshop

On April 18, the CRC collaborated with Fresno Metro Ministry (FMM) to offer a Making Data Matter for Regional Opportunity and Equity workshop held at Fresno State University.  The workshop introduced a diverse range of participants from government, business, education, and advocacy sectors to the CRC's new interactive mapping tools: the Regional Opportunity Index  and Putting Youth on the Map. Both of these tools are intended to identify the places and populations most in need of support and opportunities to help community self-empowerment by applying data to inform organizing, development, and advocacy. The CRC team included Sergio Cuellar and Chris Benner (pictured here), as well as Jonathan London, Catherine Garoupa-White, Shrayas Jatkar and Krystyna von Henneberg. The CRC and FMM are planning to roll out a series of these Making Data Matter workshops throughout the San Joaquin Valley to support the development of a healthy, sustainable, prosperous and equitable region.


 Healthy Youth/Healthy Environments (HY/HE) Spotlight
Introducing Sheryl-Ann Simpson, Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture at UC Davis

Dr. Sheryl-Ann Simpson's research spans a variety of urban issues, including immigration, housing, and urban health. The connective thread in her work is an interest in the voices, experience, and ideas of individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized in the decision-making processes about their homes, including children and youth. Her research developed out of her work in community development, organizing and community-based education in several cities.  She has just begun a series of collaborative studies focused on social and (built) environmental epidemiology in children, youth and pregnant women in Sub-Saharan Africa, the US and Mexico, and is working with the Center for Regional Change on developing participatory GIS workshop curricula.  Dr. Simpson is excited to continue building strong community partnerships for youth health that engage and create leadership opportunities for youth.  For more information on her work, please visit her website.

Regionally-Relevant Events

CalEnviroScreen 2.0 Webinar

Date: Wednesday - April 30

Time: 11am

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), on behalf of the California Environmental Protection Agency, will release for public comment a draft CalEnviroScreen Version 2.0 report on April 21, 2014. This webinar will describe the tool and major updates in Version 2.0 on Wednesday April 30th. For workshop dates and times, see website.


Contested Publics and the Politics of Expectations: Shifting Terrains of Service and Provision in US Cities

Date: Tuesday - May 6

Time: 12pm - 1:30pm

Place: Duster Conference Room - 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley

This event is sponsored by UC Berkeley Center for Research on Social Change and is free and open to the public.


Thirsty for Justice: The Struggle for the Human Right to Water

A Documentary Film Presented by the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

Date: Wednesday - May 14

Time: 5:30pm Reception, 6:15pm Screening & Dialogue

Place: The California Museum - 1020 O Street, Sacramento

Please reserve your free ticket through the website. View the trailer here.


Employment/Internship Opportunities

UC Cooperative is Hiring

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking a 4-H Youth Development Advisor to serve Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Please click here for more information, a job description and application.  Closing Date: June 15.

About Us: The UC Davis Center for Regional Change

The UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) produces innovative research to create healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable regions in California and beyond.  For media inquiries and other questions, please contact us at (530) 752-3007.  For general questions, please email crcinfo@ucdavis.eduClick here to read more about the CRC.