Andy has been recognized for selflessly serving his fellow CRD peers for the past 2 years as a peer advisor and for being extensively involved in CRD program-related projects for CRD faculty, staff and students!
Andy Garcia is graduating this spring quarter with a degree in Community and Regional Development. During his time here he has selflessly served his peers while in the classroom and in the past two years as a peer major advisor. He has a played a vital role for the CRD program by organizing events, facilitating meetings, and managing administrative level procedures for the students, staff, and faculty. He has dedicated countless intentional hours in advocating for the CRD major and its undergraduates. His involvement in bridging connections and relationships among undergraduate students and professors has been essential in his dedication to the department.Andy plans to take what he has learned and faithfully apply his efforts in full-time city planning while setting aside time traveling the world to explore the best coffee. He hopes to apply his passion of prioritizing people in design of infrastructure and policy domestically and abroad. He is grateful for the people that have encouraged and challenged him throughout his time here at UC Davis
George has been recognized for his extensive community & campus service and involvement!
George Villa a former CAL Firefighter became a social justice advocate for an organization in East Salinas called Motivating Individual leadership for Public Advancement. He is currently a part time employee for Center for Regional Change at UC Davis and a full time student majoring in Community and Regional Development. George is also the Director for Team Villa Boxing Gym, a non-profit boxing gym in East Salinas that is inclusive to all youth in the Salinas and regional area. Additionally, he is working inside Department of Juvenile Justice doing healing and trauma informed work with youth that are incarcerated. This includes a national collaboration with Restoring Promise, an initiative we co-lead with Vera Institute to radically transform the living and working conditions inside jails and prisons with an initial focus on young adults. In his free time George enjoys hiking, swimming, Crossfit, fitness coaching, and reading. He is also proud uncle of young rising professional star boxer Ruben Villa IV.
Featured story about George Villa's work with detained juveniles: Healing and Building Community Leaders Through Neighborhoods Owning Power, Action, and Leadership (NOPAL)
Enrica has been recognized for volunteering to create the CRD Major video!
Enrica Jiang graduated from the Community and Regional Development program in Spring 2018. She produced two short videos featuring alumni, students, and faculty of the CRD program. She hopes to combine her passions for videography and community development to introduce the undergraduate program to incoming and current students. Her videos address common issues and questions of CRD students, many of which she shared as a student.
Previously, Enrica has worked for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the Lassen County Transportation Commission, where she specialized in community engagement. She has also worked with the UC Davis Arboretum and Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship to promote sustainable campaigns on campus. Enrica aspires to utilize her experiences in nonprofit enterprises, environmental sustainability, and public outreach, as well as her interest in digital communication strategies, to facilitate equitable, sustainable community-involved development in disenfranchised communities.
Emily has been selected for the student spotlight to recognize her for her outstanding work!
Ariella, Grace & Selena have been selected for the student spotlight to recognize them for their outstanding initiative to present their research projects for the CRD Program Review Committee. We truly appreciate their hard work & involvement in the major!
Ariella Safanson is a senior in the CRD department! When she first came to UC Davis, she was a biological sciences major and very interested in public health. As she took more and more classes she soon realized that public health is deeply intertwined with inequality, access to resources, and many factors that are outside the realm of understanding the Mitochondria (which is the powerhouse of the cell). On her quest to find a major that would allow her to study public health holistically she came across CRD and loved it! Ariella soon became focused on public policy and law to use as tools to ensure everyone has their basic human rights respected, including being healthy. Throughout her time at Davis, she had the opportunity to intern and work at many wonderful places that further reaffirmed the need for policy changes, and how hard it is to work within broken laws.
Grace Kumetat is a fourth year CRD major with a focus on policy and planning. Currently she's conducting research for her undergraduate thesis which focuses on the emergence of microfinance in the United States. She hope to go on to work in the field of planning, or pursue a PhD program. When she's not studying she likes to cook, read and spend time with her adorable dog, Neptune.
Selena Silva is a a third year in the CRD program. She was raised in the Central Valley of California where resources and jobs are often scarce. As a CRD major, she's working towards gaining the skills to assist the community she grew up in. She's hoping to pursue a position in local government or local education to bring more attention, and hopefully solutions, to the issues surrounding my community and others like it. In order to experience potential career options and interests, she has completed two off campus internships. Her first was serving as an aide at a local elementary school. She's interested in the strengths and weaknesses of our education system. She's also interested in solving these issues through public policy. She served as an legislative intern at the California State Capital. This provided her with hands on experience researching bills and corresponding with constituents.
At Davis, she has been active as a research assistance and has presented research posters at the ASPIRE Research Symposium and the Undergraduate Research Conference. She's currently performing research and authoring a paper beneath Dr. Martin Kenney discussing algorithms, digital platforms, and discrimination. Looking ahead to her final year, her research interests include how technology shapes society and how it can be harnessed to provide more opportunities for disadvantaged groups. Selena is extremely thankful for the flexibility and opportunities to explore all of my different interests within the CRD program.
Jose Flores has been selected to be our next Student Spotlight to recognize him for his outstanding work as a Peer Advisor and going above and beyond for the CRD major and students. Jose has demonstrated excellent leadership and has proven to be a true professional, hardworking, dependable and kind person who is well respected by his peers.
Jose aims to combine these different roles into becoming a City Planner of sorts that seeks to strongly engage the community in finding the most sustainable options for a city while meeting the needs of underserved communities of color. Coming from the Central Valley Jose hopes to be working in areas with an underlying rural character. While planning is typically focused on implementation, he hopes to use it as a way to educate and engage those who may not be aware of social disparities.