College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Previous Chairs

Previous Chairs

Enrique C. Ochoa 2006 – 2008

Enrique OchoaAuthor and educator Enrique C. Ochoa was selected as the 2006-2007 Michi and Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair of Multicultural Studies at Cal Poly Pomona.

Ochoa is a history professor at California State University, Los Angeles. His areas of specialization include Latin American, Mexican and Central American history; the United States and Mexico border; immigration; globalization; and Latinas/os in the United States. Ochoa is the author of Feeding Mexico: The Political Uses of Food Since 1910 and the co-editor of Latino Los Angeles: Transformations, Communities and Activism with Gilda L. Ochoa.

He looks forward to working on a campus-community based project that combines research, teaching, and community interests in food, culture and power. Cal Poly Pomona's historic connection to agriculture and food research provides an opportunity to have the Eastern San Gabriel Valley and Pomona as a case study. Ochoa seeks to engage the compus and community in conversation about the ways global and local transformations in the production, distribution, consumption, and marketing of food interact with issues of race, class and gender.

Ochoa received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in history from UCLA.


Dr. Jose Calderon, 2004 – 2006

Jose CalderonJose Zapata Calderon is the inaugural holder of the newly endowed Michi and Walter Weglyn Chair for Multicultural Studies at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona for the academic year 2004-2005. He received his B. A. from the University of Colorado in Communications and his MA and PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. Since 1991, he has been a Professor in Sociology and Chicano Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He has had a long history of connecting his academic work with community organizing, student-based service learning, participatory action research, critical pedagogy, and multi-ethnic coalition building. He is the recipient of the 2004 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education, presented by the California Campus Compact (CACC) to individuals who demonstrate building partnerships between communities and higher education. The United Farm Worker's Union has honored him with their Si Se Puede award for his life-long contributions to the farm worker movement. His recent appointments include: a board member of the National Advisory Council of the New Institute On Liberal Education and Civic Engagement by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, a three-year position on the Distinguished Career Award Committee of the American Sociological Association, and a National Civic Scholar by Campus Compact to identify resources, best practices, curricula, and models that connect history and service learning. As a participant ethnographer, he has published numerous articles and studies based on his community experiences and observations. Recent publications include: Lessons From an Activist Intellectual: Participatory Research, Teaching, and Learning For Social Change, in Latin American Perspectives, January, 2004; Resource Materials Manual for Teaching Latino/a Sociology (co-edited with Gilda Ochoa) for the American Sociological Association Teaching Resource Center; Partnership in Teaching and Learning: Combining the Practice of Critical Pedagogy With Civic Engagement and Diversity, in Peer Review, American Association of Colleges and Universities, Spring 2003; Inclusion or Exclusion: One Immigrant's Experience and Perspective of a Multicultural Society, in Minority Voices, edited by John Meyers, Allyn and Bacon, 2004; Organizing Immigrant Workers: Action Research and Strategies in the Pomona Day Labor Center (with Suzanne Foster and Silvia Rodriguez), for a forthcoming book Communities and Political Activism, (edited by Enrique C. Ochoa and Gilda Laura Ochoa), The University of Arizona Press.