OSEA—The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology is an independent, non-degree school chartered to develop, sponsor, and conduct educational, exchange, research, and public outreach programs,
⇒ to provide field study abroad, study abroad, service learning, and internship programs that prioritize transcultural exchange and experiential learning;
⇒ to organize and conduct research projects, conferences, and activities in cultural and interdisciplinary anthropology, broadly defined, including community action research, participatory research, and applied anthropology; and,
⇒ to disseminate knowledge and understandings to diverse publics, communities, and specialist academic audiences through publications, museum exhibitions, installations, performances, public outreach, community education, and related exchange activities.
The Mission of OSEA is
To provide individuals with first-hand, experiential knowledge, cross-cultural understanding, and appreciation of Indigenous cultures, traditions, and histories; and, to enable greater positive interaction and exchange between peoples of different cultural communities and social worlds.
The Community Institute of Transcultural Exchange is chartered
➪To bring anthropology, as well as related fields of cultural studies, into the hands of those that have been considered the primary subjects of study so that these persons and groups may own, control,and use these tools, methods, and knowledge in the pursuit of their pursuits of community well-being, cultural sustainability, and cultural innovation;
➪To foment reciprocal educational processes and mutually productive interaction between diverse communities of researchers, students, social groups, and cultures that meet in transcultural encounters;
➪ To increase the prosperity, well-being, achievement, tranquility, self-determination, and positive valorization of cultural communities that have been forced into political, economic, and sociocultural margins of todays globally interactive humanity.
is particularly focused on questions and contemporary problems related to language revitalization, sustainability, cultural ownership, heritage rights, community health and well-being, the innovation of tradition, and the interconnections between local, national, and transnational communities and social forces
OSEA is committed to the eradication of discrimination based on race, racial identification, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, sexuality, religion, class, ethnicity/ethnic origins, age, national origin, language, class, educational upbringing, place of origin, and culture. OSEA does not discriminate for work employment or participation in the educational services it offers based on the above listed characteristics
The motivation, mission and values of OSEA are premised on the basic human rights of respect, tolerance, understanding, acceptance, and equality of difference between persons, peoples and communities. In this spirit, OSEA has developed educational services and activities, including research, training and exchange programs, to contribute to the elimination of discrimination and harassment through cultural exchange and transcultural understandings of differences and similarities between peoples.
Click here for OSEA Policy on Racial Nondiscrimination and the values that OSEA embodies.
In the spirit of its mission and values, OSEA has developed educational services and activities, including research, training and exchange programs, to contribute to the elimination of discrimination and harassment.
OSEA is an organization that understands sexual harassment to be a pernicious and pervasive form of discrimination that requires special consideration and attention in order to be identified and eliminated. Sexual Harassment is against the law in the United States and in México and is a form of discrimination that is based on and targets gender, sexual orientation, sexual identification, and sexuality.
OSEA is committed to updating and improving policy to maintain compliance with legal requirements in the workplace defined by EEOC. As well OSEA seeks to maintain policy and procedures involving sexual harassment in educational contexts that fulfill the meanings of accepted norms and expectations that derive from Title IX even though OSEA is not a federally funded educational institution. In compliance with the EEOC Guidelines and our policy, OSEA prohibits harassment of any kind and has developed policies and procedures to report incidents of discrimination and harassment based in sex, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origins, language, place of origin, and educational upbringing.
Click here to read the full OSEA Policy on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment and the Reporting Procedures for Incidents of Discrimination and Sexual Harassment