Prof. Dari Sylvester Studies Central Valley Issues
In 2006, a collaborative partnership called the Partnership for the Assessment of Communities (PAC) was initiated by the Great Valley Center, a non-governmental organization, with a grant from the state. The purpose was to investigate social, political, health, and economic issues that are unique to the Valley. PAC is a collaborative social-science project among Pacific, the University of California at Merced and California State University at Fresno. The research team is made up of five faculty members from each university. Sociology Professor Marcia Hernandez and Political Science Professor Dari Sylvester are Pacific’s representatives.
The ten-year study will document conditions in the Central Valley and note changes in regional disparities. The team selected six areas for the study that represent both urban and rural areas and northern and central parts of the region. Sylvester and Hernandez employ students from Pacific to help collect data from the Magnolia District of Stockton and Riverbank, a farming community in nearby Stanislaus County.