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Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development



Jorge Gajardo, MA
Jorge is a commercial engineer at the University of Chile. He holds a master’s degree in environmental studies. He is a lecturer, researcher, and environmental consultant. His areas of expertise are environment, public policy, and territorial development.

Miriam Olguín Tenorio, MA
Miriam is professor of contemporary Chilean history at the University of Santiago and co-director of the NGO Educación y Comunicaciones (ECO). ECO focuses on education and social science research in low-resource communities in Santiago. Miriam holds a master’s degree in development studies from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and a licentiate degree in history from the University of Chile.

Alejandro Olivares, PhD candidate
Alejandro is a political scientist within the Academic Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Chile. He earned a master’s degree in political science and is a PhD candidate in social sciences at the University of Chile, where he serves as professor of political science.

Juan Pablo Paredes, PhD
Juan Pablo is a sociologist and academic program coordinator at the University of Concepcion. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and humanities from the University Diego Portales and a PhD in social sciences from the University of Chile. His topics of interest include democratization, civil society and citizenship, participatory democracy, social movements and sociopolitical identities, epistemology of social sciences.

Lorena Pizarro, BA
Lorena holds a degree in education from the University of Chile. The daughter of disappeared Waldo Pizarro and Sola Sierra, since 2003 Lorena has served as president of the Association of Relatives of the Arrested and Disappeared. She has been linked to this group since her youth and has been one of the most powerful voices demanding truth and justice.