Although in the last two decades it has been possible to obtain a more or less precise diagnosis on the quality of life of Colombians, we are not afraid to assert that the situation of our indigenous, black and isolated communities is unknown or, in the best of circumstances, known just in part and in a fragmented way. Likewise, despite some isolated rather than institutional efforts, the current Colombian is not aware that ours is a country of multiple ethnic origins, where many languages are spoken and with very different forms of life. And when he is aware, he does not recognize the human and biological importance of such extraordinary diversity.
The Human Expedition was created with these two aspects in mind: to study human diversity and to make it their own, and as a response from the university community that is convinced of having to take on bigger challenges in the present, if it wants to help to build a future where we can all live together in reasonable harmony.
It has not been an easy task to develop and endure the Human Expedition. The same human diversity that we have studied has subjected us to public controversy and we have found ourselves, several times, in the middle of the debate between two sides: those who want everything to remain the same and therefore do nothing to change it, and those who want everything to remain the same and therefore they do everything they can to make sure nothing changes. However, it has been gratifying to frequently find people and institutions as a third party: those willing to do something, those who have an urge to action, those who take risk in acting, and it is largely because of them that we could have arrived to this phase of the Human Expedition.
We will publish here the results of all our investigations, so they can be read, analyzed, criticized or used by others, with the sole pretension, that they can be useful to the communities and those interested in their wellbeing, in the development of projects that truly respond to the pressing needs of this hidden part of our country. This is truly the incentive for the Human Expedition, conscientious and alive, of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.