Region Matters


September 2, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 38   

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director

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CRC In the News
Regionally-Relevant in Print
Recent Reports, Research, and Resources
Emphasis on Regional Equity
Educational Opportunities
Employment/Internship Opportunities
About The CRC
CRC In the News
California's Political Tipping Point

Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project, wrote an op-ed published in Sunday's Sacramento Bee. Mindy discusses how population change will affect the 2016 general election in which for the first time, California will have a majority-minority of eligible voters. A key obstacle to the electoral representation of residents of color in California is their much lower voter turnout rates compared to whites.

For the latest on the CCEP's research, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero
Regionally-Relevant in Print

Transforming Citizenship Democracy, Membership, and Belonging in Latino Communities 

By: Raymond A. Rocco

New and illuminating research by Raymond A. Rocco demonstrates the inherent limitations of the citizenship regime in the United States in regards to Latinos. Rocco provides an idea for incorporating Latinos as full societal members and offers an alternative concept called "associative citizenship." This theory will provide a way to account for and challenge the pattern of exclusionary belonging that has defined the position of Latinos in American society. For more information or to order, click here.


Recent Reports, Research, and Resources

Supreme Court Backs District Elections

The California Supreme Court denied the review of a ruling that requires charter cities to switch to district elections if they have a history of racially polarized voting that reduces minority representation. The ruling doesn't require all of them to change their systems, but it allows minority residents to come to court with evidence that their city tends to vote along racial lines. The case comes from the Los Angeles County community of Palmdale, where nearly two-thirds of the residents are Latino or African American, but no member of either group has been elected to the City Council since 2001. For more information, click here.


Emphasis on Regional Equity

Bill to Address Sexual Abuse of Farmworkers

A bill is now on its way to Governor Brown's desk that requires more sexual harassment training for farm supervisors, as well as for farmworkers. State Senator Bill Monning said he was moved to introduce the bill because of a series on the issue of farmworker sexual harassment and assault by The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and The California Report. 

Educational Opportunities

Diversity Leadership and Development Program

The Diversity Leadership Development Program(DLDP) is a three-quarter certificate program designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of differences, learn how to effectively address complex issues, and learn how to cultivate a safe and inclusive environment in an organization or workplace. Program capacity is 50 students.  Students can attend a DLDP Orientation  to learn about program requirements and to receive online registration access. All information sessions will be held at the Internship and Career Center at UCD.


Employment/Internship Opportunities

Three Positions Available in Natural Resource Social Science Lab at Purdue

Three new positions are available in the Natural Resource Social Science (NRSS) Lab in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University.  The NRSS Lab primarily focuses on the intersection between water quality, climate change and agriculture in the Midwestern United States. Applicants will generate a number of publications, gain experience in grant writing, and help inform the practice of watershed management through interactions with local stakeholders throughout the Midwest. Deadline: January 1
About The UC Davis Center for Regional Change

Launched in 2007, the CRC is a catalyst for innovative, collaborative, and action-oriented research. It brings together faculty and students from different disciplines, and builds bridges between university, policy, advocacy, business, philanthropy and other sectors.  The CRC's goal is to support the building of healthy, equitable, prosperous, and sustainable regions in California and beyond.  


Learn more! Visit the CRC website. To contact us directly, email or  call us at (530) 752-3007.