The Center for Regional Change's (CRC) Student Engaged Scholars Program provides meaningful experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Participants have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty, researchers, and community partners on social justice and environmental issues that they are passionate about. Student engaged scholars go on to make presentations about their work in academic, policy, and community settings. They also receive special access to community-based research training, leadership development, and mentorship opportunities and events. Student applicants for this competitive program are chosen based on the relevance of their skills and professional interests to CRC projects, demonstration of passion for regional change through essays, and an interview.
The Student Engaged Scholars Program was the brainchild of Jessica M. Jones. Jessica first approached the CRC with a proposal to increase student engagement, and soon took on the title of Student Engagement Coordinator for the center. Jessica graduated from UC Davis in Winter Quarter 2016 with a B.S. in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in Environmental Policy.