Region Matters


October 14, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 43    

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director

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Regional Opportunity Index
CRC Spotlight 

CRC to Present Mapping Tools at the UC Center Sacramento

CRC Director Jonathan London, Chris Benner (Human Ecology/Community and Regional Development) and Nancy Erbstein (Human Ecology/Human Development) will be presenting two new data mapping tools, the Regional Opportunity Index  and  Putting Youth On the Map, that help identify and direct investment to disadvantaged communities. This presentation will introduce these tools and describe ways that leaders in public policy, planning, business, and advocacy sectors can use the tools to inform and inspire their work. The presentation will take place October 23 from 12 to 1 pm at 1130 K Street (Room LL3) at the UC Center Sacramento.  Registration  is required, lunch will be served.


CCEP Collaborates With the Greenlining Institute

Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), was invited to join The Greenlining Institute to discuss the CCEP data sets available on civic engagement, share some of the CCEP's recent work, and facilitate a discussion about how advocates might use these resources in their work. 


CCEP on Panel: Vote-By-Mail in California

Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), will be a panelist at the Future of California Elections: Make Sure Every Vote Counts! Sponsored by The Future of California Elections.  With the growing popularity of vote-by-mail (VBM) in California, it is important to understand who the VBM voters are and what barriers may exist to casting a successful VBM ballot. Mindy will present new research on the demographics of VBM users and non-users as well as discuss the common errors that result in an unsuccessful VBM ballot. She will offer possible solutions to make sure every vote counts. 


For the latest on the CCEP's research, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero.

Recent Reports, Research, and Resources

Campaign to Increase Water Access and Consumption in Rural California

The nonprofit organization Rural Community Assistance Corporation is working in partnership with The California Endowment, Community Water Center, and  Pueblo Unido Community Development Corporation on a pilot project to increase access to and consumption of safe drinking water in the Eastern Coachella Valley and South Kern County called Agua4All. For more information on this project, click here.


Designs for a Better World

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Program Officer Margot Fahnestock addresses an innovative partnership between two grantees; the nonprofit reproductive healthcare provider Marie Stopes International and  Both are working together to help teenagers in Zambia access reproductive health services. For more information, click here.


California Food Stories

Everybody eats, and food propels storytelling. In California Foodways, the author will be going county by county reporting radio and print stories about California and Californians through the lens of food. For more information, click here.


Upcoming Events

Bilingual Conference at Woodland Community College

The Semillas y Culturas (Seeds and Cultures) Conference is to encourage families and youth to engage in food justice and sustainability practices in home, school, college, and community gardens.

Date: October 18
Time: 8:30am-4pm
Place: Woodland Community College, Woodland, CA 95776

Free and open to the public.


Militarization and Geography Research Presentation

Javier Arbona, Ph.D. in Geography and Chancellor's Postdoctoral fellow in the American Studies program at U.C. Davis, will be giving a talk on; "City of Radical Memory: Reclaiming Spaces of World War II Home Front Repression and Resistance in the San Francisco Bay Area".

Date: October 16
Time: 4:10pm-6pm
Place: 3201 Hart Hall, UCD Campus


There will be a second talk from speaker Shiloh Krupar, Geographer and Associate Professor of Culture and Politics at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Krupar is the author of Hot Spotter's Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste, a novel about nuclear and military facilities from World War II and the Cold War and their impact on the political-ecological relationships between the environment and people in those areas.

Date: October 23
Time: 4:10pm-6pm
Place: 3201 Hart Hall, UCD Campus


World Food Day Celebration

World Food Day is celebrated to bring awareness to global hunger and to celebrate efforts to improve access to healthy food for everyone. There will be a welcome reception by Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, panel presentations and discussion as well.

Date: October 16
Time: 6:30pm-9pm
Place: 530 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616

Registration is required.


2015 Big Day of Giving Orientation

The Big Day of Giving organization is having two orientation sessions where they will be going over all requirements for the Big Day of Giving, what's new for the 2015 year, goals, training opportunities and more.

Date: October 16
Time: 9am - 10:30am, 2:30pm - 4pm
2030 West El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA 95833

Space is limited, so register early. 


Job/Internship Opportunities 

Job Announcements at the Union of Concerned Scientists

There are two positions available with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). One is an agroecologist in the Food and Environment Program and the other is for a social or physical scientist to work with the UCS Center for Science and Democracy on Environmental Justice and Climate Policy. These positions are designed for early career scientists. For more information on these positions, click here. Deadline for the agroecologist position: November 18. Deadline for social or physical scientist: October 31



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.