Ofelia Miramontes Park
Ofelia Miramontes Park is named in honor of Dr. Ofelia Miramontes, professor of education and Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Equity at the University of Colorado - Boulder. She was a pioneer in bilingual education and an advocate for equity and diversity. This park stands as a reminder of these values, which Dr. Miramontes upheld throughout her life.
Dr. Miramontes was born and raised in San Diego, California. She was a first generation college student and served in the Peace Corps in Chile. She developed and implemented the first federally funded bilingual education program for the City of San Diego. Later, in Boulder Valley School District, she was instrumental in creating the bilingual programs at Washington Elementary School and Escuela Bilingue Pioneer. She was an author and researcher who won several prestigious awards for her work in education and linguistic diversity. Dr. Miramontes, always grounded in her family and Hispanic heritage, established a scholarship program for first generation college students and students of color. During her life, Dr. Miramontes lived what she taught, and her legacy serves as an inspirational example of the power of education and the strength of community when we take time to attend to one another.