Updated on May 8, 2021
To embrace and promote knowledge and actions that bridge the gap between academics, activists, and community stakeholders to advance social justice, equity, and build community in/among the Americas (Abiayala)
OLA Colorado is a non-profit organization and a virtual research center dedicated:
1. To produce community-informed scholarship by building partnerships with community stakeholders that are characterized by inclusivity, authenticity, respect, and reciprocity.
2. To cultivate a praxis that is critical and compassionate, integrative and responsive, equity-oriented, and self-aware.
3. To counteract an individualist/competitive spirit by (A) serving as a platform for collective learning, skill-sharing, and solidarity (B) hosting accessible (i.e. free, virtual, open to all) educational programming (C) and curating diverse open-access resources/materials.
Observatorio de Las Américas and its membership are committed to uphold the following values and do their best efforts to dismantle the systemic hindrances that inhibit their expression.
Epistemologies of Abiayala
Community, Solidarity & Collaboration
Anticolonization & Antiracism
Social Justice & Equity
Innovation & Transdisciplinarity
Meet the Team
Observatorio de Las Américas (OLA Colorado) offers a democratic platform for junior researchers from different places in the Americas, currently enrolled or recently graduated from advanced degree programs. Researchers at OLA Colorado share collaborate in the expansion of access to specialized knowledge about the Americas and collaborate in different projects toward the democratization of various educational platforms including Academia and beyond. The group operates under a shared principle of camaraderie and mutual support toward the development of their own professional skills, research agendas and teaching interests.
To find out more about each of the current researchers collaborating through this virtual space, click on their names.
Researcher | Creative Content Manager | Artist
Researcher | Director
Artist / Writer / Birth Worker
Nonprofit status of the organization and formal start of operations, opportunities for employment and distribution of funds are pending the formal registration as a 501(c)(3) organization. Updated Feb 20th 2021: The executive board has finalized the formal statutes and constitutive documents. Updated Feb 28th 2021: The organization completed its incorporation in the State of Colorado.
Observatorio de Las Américas and its kin organization ARUNA Global South are structured as independent committees of the Global Collective for Transdisciplinary Research and Engaged Education nonprofit.