Towards a Just and Equitable Central Coast

Welcome to the home of the Regional Equity Initiative: a collaboration between the UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy and The Fund for Santa Barbara.

Our goal is to deepen our understanding of regional disparities, facilitate a region-wide conversation, and support the planning and implementation of initiatives focused on advancing social, health, environmental, and economic equity.

The Regional Equity Study

In collaboration with the USC Equity Research Institute, we launched the first Central Coast Regional Equity Study over the course of 2020-21. Covering Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, the study is designed to yield a periodically updated equity database, of use for action, organizing, research, and policy. The initial data compilation component of this two-county regional project was initiated in the summer of 2020.