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Inland Civic Engagement is Seminar Topic

Seminar to Focus on Inland Civic Engagement

UCR political scientist Karthick Ramakrishnan to present results of civic participation survey at Oct. 18 event.

(October 8, 2007)

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick Ramakrishnan

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Karthick Ramakrishnan, UCR assistant professor of political science, will present the findings of his “Survey of Political and Civic Engagement in the Inland Empire” on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in University Village 207.

Ramakrishnan’s presentation, “Building a Sense of Community in a Commuter Society,” is part of the 2007-08 monthly Randall Lewis Seminar Series, which features topics of regional interest.The series is sponsored by the Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.

The seminars are free. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling 951-827-7945.

Ramakrishnan found that explosive growth in the Inland region of Southern California is producing a population that is more diverse ethnically, less Republican and less likely to volunteer in civic organizations.

The survey is part of a larger project funded by the James Irvine Foundation on community organizations, civic participation and political participation among residents in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Among Ramakrishnan's findings:

- Newer residents — those who have lived in the Inland area fewer than five years — are less likely to belong to civic organizations (19 percent vs. 28 percent) or serve as an officer or volunteer in those groups (9 percent to 15 percent).

- Residents who have lived in their communities for 10 or more years are more likely than newcomers to have attended public meetings (17 percent vs. 13 percent) or signed petitions (32 percent vs. 27 percent).

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