Professor Jonathan London and MS student, Shani Alford in Nepal
Professor Jonathan London and MS student, Shani Alford in Nepal

 

MS student, Samir Noory conducting research in Afghanistan
MS student, Samir Noory conducting research in Afghanistan

 

Letter from the Chair
 

On election night, like so many other people around the globe, I watched with moist eyes as another wall of discrimination in our society fell away.  In his acceptance speech that night, President-elect Barack Obama acknowledged the historic racial barrier that had been broken.  He also paid tribute to more than a century of community organizing and social struggle that have been at the core of social progress in this country.  As people committed to community development and social change, this is indeed our moment to develop and mobilize the talent, support, and commitment that will be necessary in the months and years ahead, to address the difficult social and economic circumstances that face us in our increasingly volatile, transnational world. 


As the new chair of the Community Development Graduate Program here at the University of California Davis, I want to share with you some information on recent developments in the program and ask for your help in sharing information about our program with potential graduate students and colleagues working in related fields.  For over twenty years, this program has taught practical skills, analytical abilities, and theoretical framing to social workers, community developers, urban planners, environmental activists, union leaders, and so many others who have sought to be more effective in their social change work. 

- Jonathan London, Chair, Community Development Graduate Group