Water Policy

Disadvantaged Communities

A new CSU center dedicated to supporting water-related technical assistance and capacity building in disadvantaged communities (DACs) in California.

This will be a new California State University center dedicated to supporting water-related technical assistance and capacity building in disadvantaged communities (DACs) in California. Faculty and student research teams will be recruited across the California Public Higher Education system--California Community Colleges (CCCs), University of California (UC), and California State University (CSU)-- in collaboration with NGO and industry partners to engage in assisting DACs to address their critical water resources needs. One of our goals is to involve underrepresented students in STEMS and in other participating disciplines in order to train our next generation of water leaders who come from these communities and ensure the resiliency and sustainability of these communities.

Our strategy of long-term team embedding is designed to assist communities toward resiliency and sustainability, so they will ideally not have to rely on these services in the future. As a result, our goals reach beyond water; we are concerned with improvements in quality of life—a combination of environmental, health, and economic justice.”