Lydia Chen Shah, a professor in the Department of International Business and Marketing, has been selected as one of the Western Region Campus Compact’s 2019-2020 Engaged Scholars.
Chen Shah was one of 13 faculty and community engagement professionals from campuses in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming picked by the Western Region Campus Compact for the inaugural program.
The Western Region partnered with compacts from various campuses to launch the Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI), which strives to develop, support and connect leaders with a focus on promoting co-created knowledge, championing critically engaged pedagogies, advancing models of institutional change and emphasizing collaborative action that addresses social issues.
“We are very proud of Professor Lydia Chen Shah, both in recognition of her efforts as an Engaged Scholar and her level of commitment to engaged learning as a practice that equips students with essential skills needed for career success and empowers students to affect change in their own communities,” said Bryant Fairley, Cal Poly Pomona’s newly hired director of the Center for Community Engagement. “We aim to support students, faculty, staff and administrative leaders in collective action to make meaningful contributions through strategic investments in social impact to benefit the common good.”
Chen Shah, who specializes in strategy, integrated marketing, organizational culture and brand/product management, believes in the importance of experiential and service learning. She has collaborated with numerous community partners, giving her students an opportunity to get real-world experience in marketing. Chen Shah started teaching at Cal Poly Pomona in 2012. She was a Center for Civic Engagement faculty fellow in 2015-16. She has more than 20 years of experience in business spanning from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She also taught at Loyola Marymount University from 2006-2010.
During the 12-month ESI program, the scholars will participate in ongoing leadership and learning activities that include professional development, collaboration and scholarship to help individuals and the cohort strengthen their research efforts. Scholars will participate in online and in-person events, including retreats, meetings and a National Campus Compact Conference taking place in Seattle in March.
Chen Shah said she welcomes the opportunity to increase her knowledge and grow.
“What I learned during the first of three Engaged Scholars Initiative retreats has challenged me to redefine how I use my expertise, experiences, access, and influence for positive social impact. The commitment of this diverse cohort of equity-minded leaders is inspiring and tangible. At Cal Poly Pomona, we have tremendous opportunity to broaden and deepen engagement levels across the campus and within our community.”