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Check out the UC Center Sacramento Spring 2020 Speaker Series

UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) is UC’s teaching, research and public-service site located one block from the State Capitol Building. UCCS serves as a systemwide resource, focused on issues of importance to the state and nation based on collaborating networks of scholars drawn from the entire UC system. Each term, UCCS offers an array of lectures from UC faculty members who are experts in their field.

The UCCS Spring Speaker Series is now being offered as Zoom webinars and you’re invited to attend remotely. All UCCS webinars take place on Wednesdays from 12 – 1 p.m. Advance registration is required to attend these free online events.

After Census, What? Building a Foundation for Inclusive Regional Planning

April 29 | Register online by Monday, April 27 | Download a flyer (PDF)

Featuring Karthick Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside and founding director of the Center for Social Innovation

Across the U.S., communities are getting stronger, thanks to investments in census outreach that are promoting cross-sector collaboration to ensure a complete count. Public officials, government agencies and economic stakeholders are seeing communities as important assets that bring strength to their regions. What’s next? Redistricting is an important next step. But there is a deeper and more ambitious answer: Building on the foundation of census investments to substantially deliver on the promise of inclusive regional planning and inclusive economic development.

Identification, Intervention, and Prosecution of Sex Trafficking of Youth: Lessons from Science and the Field in Orange County

May 6 | Register online by Monday, May 4 | Download a flyer (PDF)


  • Jodi Quas, Ph.D., professor of psychological science in the Interdisciplinary School of Social Ecology at UC Irvine
  • Corey J. Rood, M.D., child abuse pediatrician at the Department of Pediatrics at UC Irvine, CAST and Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Long Beach

Co-hosted by the UC Adolescence Consortium, this presentation will highlight the value of collaborations across UC, and with public and non-profit agencies, for improved victim identification and service delivery, and for improved prosecutions of youth sex traffickers. Faculty from UC Irvine will highlight their ongoing collaborative efforts to identify and intervene on behalf of child and adolescent victims of sex trafficking in Southern California.

Drug and Suicide Deaths in California: Leveraging ‘Big Data’ to Identify Vulnerable Populations and Inform Policy Solutions

May 13 | Register online by Monday, May 11 | Download a flyer (PDF)

Featuring Sidra Goldman-Mellor, Ph.D., an assistant professor of public health at UC Merced. 

Deaths due to drugs have increased by 50% in California over the past 15 years, and suicide deaths have increased by 22%. Addressing this public health crisis will require identifying and intervening among individuals at high risk for drug overdose or suicide death. Dr. Goldman-Mellor will explain her research that links patient health care data from California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development with vital statistics death records to track drug, suicide and other mortality outcomes among emergency department patients and postpartum women. This work highlights the importance of using ‘Big Data’ to inform policy solutions for an ongoing public health challenge.

Everyday Advantage and Disadvantage in Informal Housing: Policy Lessons from the Geography of Urban Informality in Los Angeles

May 20 | Register online by Monday, May 18 | Download a flyer (PDF)

Featuring Vinit Mukhija, professor and chair of urban planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA

Although unpermitted or informal housing is conventionally associated with the Global South, the academic literature on urban informality in Global North cities is steadily growing. Policymakers in countries like the U.S. are also increasingly acknowledging the prevalence of informal economic activities and responding to them by implementing policies to address their legal status. The legalization approach, however, fails to adequately consider the economic realities and social, institutional, and spatial embeddedness of informal housing. Learn how informal housing reproduces and reinforces the economic advantages of wealthy owners and the disadvantages of its less affluent owners and tenants — and policies to help curb this trend.

For questions regarding these events, please contact Brooke Michelle Miller-Jacobs at

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