Board of Directors

California Institute for Rural Studies works on many different types of mission-driven projects. All of our work is designed to increase social justice and sustainability of rural California communities. Beyond our publications, CIRS also creates other types of resources that are accessible from this page. Here you will find video projects we have completed.

 

“IF WE DON’T SPEAK, OUR VOICES WON’T BE HEARD”: ORGANIZING FARMWORKERS THROUGH PODER POPULAR

Poder Popular- Part 1: Quienes Somos / Who are We

Poder Popular- Part 2: Retos / Challenges

Poder Popular- Part 3: Nuestros derechos, nuestro poder / Our Rights, Our Strengths

Poder Popular-Part 4: Nuestras Victorias / Our Victories

Poder Popular-Part 5: Vente a hacer el cambio! / Come Let's Create Change!

 

FAIR FOOD: FIELD TO TABLE

Part 1: The Farmworkers

Part 2: The Growers

Part 3: The Advocates

 

LA FLOR DEL SIN NOMBRE

La Flor del Sin Nombre

 

NOTICIAS DEL VALLE

Noticias del Valle

 

FARMWORKER HOUSING ASSESSMENT of the SALINAS – PAJARO LABORSHED

We thank Assemblymember Anna Caballero for making Public Service Announcements in Spanish and English for our work in Salinas-Pajaro area, to let agricultural workers know in advance of being asked, that it is a completely confidential survey, and that CIRS has a proven 40-year track record of keeping information secure and anonymous.

Assemblymember Anna Caballero PSA for Housing Study (English)

Assemblymember Anna Caballero PSA for Housing Study (Spanish)

 

 

Staff:

 

Gail Wadsworth, Executive Director— 530-756-6555  extension 17

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Ildi Carlisle-Cummins, Project Director, Cal Ag Roots -- 530-756-6555 extension 20

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Sarah Cain, Communications Outreach and Events -- 530-756-6555 extension 19

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Stephen Hobbs, Blog Editor for the Rural California Report  

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Affiliated Researchers:

 

Dr. Don Villarejo, Founder and Director Emeritus

Dr. Ryan Sinclair, Assistant Professor Environmental and Occupational Health, Loma Linda University

David Runsten, Policy Director, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Dr. Rick Mines, Indigenous Farmworker Study

Dr. Michael Rios, Associate Professor of Environmental Design, UC, Davis

Thea Rittenhouse, Gauchito Farm

Michael Courville, California Heat Illness Prevention Study

 

For the Rural California Report contact Gail Wadsworth

 

Mailing address:  PO Box 1047, Davis, CA 95617-1047


President

Hector Fernandez, MPA
Fernandez Government Solutions, LLC
Sacramento, CA
 
Vice-President
Vacant
 
Secretary
Bonnie Bade, PhD
California State University
San Marcos, CA
 
Treasurer
David Runsten
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Davis, CA
 
Genoveva Islas-Hooker, MPH
Cultiva La Salud
Fresno, CA
 
Veronica Diaz
Teamsters Local 856
Vallejo, CA
 
Megan Beaman Jacinto, JD
Beaman Law
La Quinta CA
 
Director Emeritus
Don Villarejo, PhD
Founder, CIRS


About CIRS

As in many agricultural regions, rural California communities face deep-rooted barriers to sustainable development that have been inadequately addressed by public policy.  We have constructively responded to these challenges by focusing on a comprehensive range of research topics including farm labor, food systems and rural health. Within these broad program areas we do essential work on fair labor practices, market barriers to farmers, water use and policy, pesticide use, food insecurity and access and more.

All of our work is done with the goal of turning research into action. By working in the public interest we are able to present objective research findings to policy makers, stakeholder organizations, and the general public so that they can make decisions and take action.

Since 1977, we have focused on rural and agricultural issues, seeking sustainable solutions.  We take particular pride in forging beneficial relationships with grassroots stakeholder organizations while maintaining the respect and cooperation of research institutions in the state. Agencies and policy makers also look to us for substantive analysis of current public policy issues.  Our longstanding ties to community-based organizations in rural California are critical to our success in conducting sound empirical research among difficult to access populations such as hired farmworkers.

 

 

CIRS is a proud member of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the Rural Coalition.

 

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