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Alma Olavarría Gallegos is born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is currently a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles. There, she is studying Critical Theory and Social Justice and hopes to pursue a minor in Education. On campus, she is a Resident Advisor for the Multicultural Hall and is part of the executive board for campus’s multi-ethnic/multi-cultural club.

From June to August of 2017, Alma Olavarría Gallegos was funded by the Undergraduate Research Office to research the formation of institutional programs that aim to support historically oppressed populations. Working closely with Special Collections and College Archives and the Center for Digital and Liberal Arts, Alma aimed to preserve the information she collected and her research findings online for future use.