Caryn McTighe Musil is Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC, where she had earlier served as Senior Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives for fourteen years. She has been writing, speaking, and directing national projects about civic engagement, diversity, and democracy for the past two decades. Dr. Musil was the author of A Crucible Moment: Civic Learning and Democracy’s Future (2012), a national report that represents the collective wisdom of a broad constituency in higher education and released at a White House event. A Crucible Moment calls for action to advance civic learning from niches to norms. She just completed directing a joint project with the Kettering Foundation that sought to reframe the relationship between preparing for work and preparing for citizenship. A special Peer Review issue, Rethinking Preparation for Work: A Civic-Enriched Liberal Education (Summer 2015) is one product of that effort. Before national level positions, Dr. Musil was a faculty member for sixteen years. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.
Jose Zapata Calderon is Emeritus Professor in Sociology and Chican@ Studies at Pitzer College, President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable, and a recent member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education. He received his B. A. from the University of Colorado and his PhD in Sociology from UCLA. As the son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico, he has had a long history of connecting his organizing and academic work with community-based participatory action research, critical pedagogy, and social movement activism.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, he devoted thirteen years of organizing students, farm workers, meatcutters, and immigrants in Northern Colorado. While working on his PhD at UCLA, he helped organize multi-ethnic coalitions in the city of Monterey Park. As a professor at Pitzer College and a community organizer in the Inland Empire region, he has advanced the building of community-based leadership in the development of a day labor center, the defense of immigrant rights, the support of unionizing efforts, and the continued building of human rights coalitions.
He has received numerous awards including: the Ambassador Nathaniel and Elizabeth Davis Civil Rights Legacy Award; the “Dreamkeeper Award” from the California Alliance of African American Educators; the California Campus Compact Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education; the Goddess of Pomona Award from the City of Pomona, the Michi and Walter Weglyn Chair in Multicultural Studies at Cal Poly University, Pomona; and the United Farm Worker’s Union “Si Se Puede” award for his life-long contributions to the farm worker movement. A recent TedX video, Finding Cesar Chavez: A Transformative Moment,” was chosen as an Editor’s Pick nationally.
As a community-based activist intellectual, he has published numerous articles and studies including: A recent book: Lessons from an Activist Intellectual: Teaching, Research, and Organizing for Social Change; “The Commonalities in Our Past Transform Pedagogy for the Future” in The Pitzer College 50th Anniversary Engaged Faculty Collection: Community Engagement and Activist Scholarship, 2014; “Latin@s and Social Movements in the Obama Years” in Camino Real, Vol. 5, 8, 2013; “One Activist Intellectual’s Experience in Surviving and Transforming the Academy in Transforming the Ivory Tower: Critical Analyses of Sexism, Homophobia, and Racism in the Academy, University of Hawaii Press, 2012; “Civic Engagement, A Tool for Building Democracy in Teacher Education and Practice” in Journal of Texas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, 2011; “Perspective-Taking as a Tool For Building Democratic Societies in Diversity and Democracy; “Linking Critical Democratic Pedagogy, Multiculturalism, and Service Learning to a Project-Based Approach” in his edited book Race, Poverty, and Social Justice: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning; “Organizing Immigrant Workers: Action Research and Strategies in the Pomona Day Labor Center", in Latino Los Angeles, (edited by Enrique C. Ochoa and Gilda Laura Ochoa), 2006; Lessons From an Activist Intellectual: Participatory Research, Teaching, and Learning For Social Change," in Latin American Perspectives, January, 2004; “Inclusion or Exclusion: One Immigrant’s Experience and Perspective of a Multicultural Society,” in Minority Voices, edited by John Meyers, Allyn and Bacon, 2004.
Dr. Seth Pollack is Professor of Service Learning, and the founding faculty director of the Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Dr. Pollack’s academic interests are in civic engagement, social change, and the role of educational institutions as facilitators of societal transformation. He has a PhD in International Development Education from Stanford University and an MA in Organizational Sociology, also from Stanford. In 2005, he received the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, recognized as the nation’s outstanding faculty in the field of community service and civic engagement, for his contributions to integrating service learning with issues of diversity and social justice in higher education curriculum. In 2008-09, Dr. Pollack was a Fulbright Scholar in Cape Town, South Africa, at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape, and worked on integrating service learning and social justice more explicitly in the higher education curriculum in South Africa. In 2013, California Campus Compact awarded Dr. Pollack the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. Dr. Pollack is the author of numerous articles and studies on service learning and civic engagement. He has provided the intellectual and organizational leadership for CSUMB’s Service Learning Institute, nationally recognized as a leader in the field. CSUMB is the only two-time recipient of the prestigious White House President’s Award for Community Service in Higher Education (2006, 2010), and is the 2013 recipient of the Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.
Dr. Pollack is the proud husband to Naomi, and proud father to two daughters, Alexandra (21) and Maya (18).