About the Episode

On this episode of #CompactNationPod we talk with activist-scholar and professor emeritus at Pitzer College José Calderón. Listen in as he shares his story about his long career in engaged teaching and research and how his experience of coming to the US as an immigrant spurred his work organizing and connecting the classroom to communities. Plus, Emily and Andrew talk about their favorite pieces of funny writing and Marisol reveals her hip hop alter ego.


José Calderón is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies at Pitzer College. He received his A. A. degree from Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling, Colorado; B. A. in Communications from the University of Colorado, Boulder; M. A. and Ph.D in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has had a long history as an organic intellectual: connecting his academic work with community organizing, student-based service learning, participatory action research, multi-ethnic coalition-building, and critical pedagogy. He has been at Pitzer College since 1991

Your Hosts

Andrew Seligsohn


Marisol Morales

Vice President, Network Leadership

Emily J. Shields

Executive Director, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact