September 19, 2019

The Western Region Campus Compact a partnership of Compacts serving campuses from California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, is pleased to announce the 13 faculty and community engagement professionals selected as 2019-2020 Engaged Scholars.  Participants bios are viewable here.

Erin Arneson, Assistant Professor of Construction Management at Colorado State University
Peter Buchanan, Civic Engagement Coordinator at Montana State University Billings
Ben Chiewphasa, Government Information Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Montana
Lauren Collins, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Montana
Julissa Espinoza, Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of La Verne
Austin Galy, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Learning, University of San Diego
Gabriela Gamiz, Director of the Office of Community Engagement, Harvey Mudd College
Michael Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communications, Colorado State University
Sachin Jain, Director and Associate Professor of Counseling at the University of Providence
Nolizwe M. Nondabula, Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships for Engage San Francisco at the University of San Francisco
Lisa Hope Schwartz, Community Outreach Program Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder
Lydia Chen Shah, Professor of International Business and Marketing at Cal Poly Pomona
Sarah Van Etten, Program Coordinator at Colorado State University

The Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI) is aimed at developing, supporting, and connecting leaders from member institutions within the states representing Western Region Campus Compact who can advance co-created knowledge, critically engaged pedagogies, models of institutional change, and collaborative action that addresses societal issues.

Scholars were selected from a pool of nominated candidates from the Western Region.  Scholars were nominated by college and university presidents and administrators.  The 2019-2020 scholars represent 13 diverse higher education institutions from the Western region and they serve in a variety of roles on their campuses connected to civic and community engagement.

Campus Compact is thrilled to welcome the first cohort of the Western Region Engaged Scholars Initiative.” said Marisol Morales, Vice President for Network Leadership at Campus Compact.  “The interest in the program and the caliber and diversity of all the applicants was extraordinary.  The goal of this program is to develop and support equity-minded community engaged scholars and practitioners who can shape the future of this field. I believe that this outstanding group moves us a step closer to achieving this goal.”

The scholars will participate in a 12-month ongoing learning and leadership process which includes professional development, collaboration, and scholarship to help the individual participants and the cohort strengthen their scholarship, research, and impact.  Scholars will participate in in-person and online learning opportunities, including retreats, regular meetings, and the National Campus Compact Conference, taking place in March 2020 in Seattle, WA.

The Engaged Scholars Initiative is led by Campus Compact and is designed to leverage and enhance local, regional, and national knowledge, experience, and assets within the Compact network.  The Swearer Center at Brown University is a founding partner in this initiative, building on the work of Julie Plaut, Director of Faculty Engagement and Research at Swearer, who as a former member of the Campus Compact staff, convened a similar national cohort eleven years ago. Julie is co-facilitating initial retreats with Marisol Morales while they seek to engage new leaders in each region moving forward.

The Western Region of Campus Compact includes offices in California, Hawaii & Pacific Islands, Montana, the Mountain West (Colorado and Wyoming), Oregon, and Washington. It also includes national members of Campus Compact in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.