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Drawing on inter-disciplinary expertise, the CRC produces cutting edge research on critical dimensions of regional change, including civic engagement, economic development, environmental justice, regional equity, and youth health & well-being.



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Latest CRC News

Latest CRC News

New CCEP Research on African-American Voters in California

September 2016

The California Civic Engagement Project recently released the second in a series of California Voter Experience research briefs.  This brief explores why African-American voters in California choose to vote at the polls or Vote-by-Mail, and how they perceive proposed major changes to our state’s voting system.

To read the full brief, CLICK HERE.


Large Sacramento County School Districts Face Absenteeism Challenges

September 2016

Five Sacramento area school districts had more than 26,000 students combined who missed school at least 15 days in the 2013-14 school year, according to a new national report.  The education group Attendance Works analyzed a federal survey of 16,240 districts across the country to measure how frequently students don’t show up.  The findings released this month place Natomas, Sacramento City, San Juan, Twin Rivers and Elk Grove unified among the 4 percent of districts nationally responsible for half of the nation’s chronically absent students. The report defines chronic absenteeism as missing at least three weeks in the year.  The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights began gathering absenteeism data two years ago for the 2013-14 school year and released results in June. 

Why do so many students stay away?  The University of California, Davis, began looking at that question four years ago on behalf of the Sacramento City Unified School District and found a host of factors. Besides illness, they include homelessness, not enough clothing, lack of transportation and students having to care for younger siblings, according to research led by Nancy Erbstein, a faculty member affiliated with the Center for Regional Change.

To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

Announcing New Associate Director of the CRC

By Jonathan London
August 2016

Central to the CRC's mission is our role as a bridge, linking the university with diverse organizations in the policy, non-profit, business, and philanthropic sectors.  This community-engaged scholarship requires expertise in research, external partnerships, and university administration. As CRC director for the past eight years, I have provided leadership in all three areas.  To catalyze our next phase of growth and development, the CRC has created a new position of Associate Director to take on crucial administrative leadership roles, and to expand and deepen our external partnerships.  This will allow me, as Faculty Director, to focus primarily on the CRC's research and faculty engagement strategies.

I am now thrilled to announce that Bernadette Austin will join the CRC as its first Associate Director.  I have known Bernadette for over 10 years, first as a student in our Community Development graduate program, and then as an increasingly prominent leader in the public and private community development sectors in the Sacramento region.  Over the past decade, Bernadette has been a regional change maker through her leadership roles in the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Authority and DOMUS Development, non-profit boards such as the Urban Land Institute and Alchemist Community Development Corporation, and her appointed service on the Planning Commission, as well as serving as the Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of West Sacramento.  Bernadette's powerful combination of substantive expertise in many of the CRC's thematic areas, her values on social equity and inclusion, and her deep capacities in organizational leadership will make her an ideal Associate Director.  Welcome, Bernadette!