Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: Immigration Scholar to Share Expertise at Global Discussions

Updated 10/03/19: UCLA Wasserman Dean serves as keynote at launch of Harvard’s Immigration Initiative, will take part in Vatican’s discussions on children and technology, education, and the global future of work.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, served as keynote speaker for “Humanitarianism and Mass Migration: Confronting the World Crisis,” an Askwith Forum to celebrate the launch of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard on October 1. 

The co-director of Re-imagining Migration and the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, & Education at UCLA, Suárez-Orozco is a renowned scholar of immigration and its impact on education. At Harvard, he will present an interdisciplinary lens on the mass migrations of the 21st century, with an emphasis on heath, mental health, and educational and legal protections for displaced children and families.

“It is always rejuvenating to be back at Harvard – our nation’s oldest and one of the world’s most revered private research Universities,” says Suárez-Orozco, who served as Harvard’s Victor S. Thomas Professor of Education and Culture at Harvard University from 2001 to 2004 and as professor of human development and psychology at Harvard from 1995 to 2001. 

“I am specially humbled to have represented GSE&IS delivering the inaugural lecture for the launching of Harvard’s new Immigration Initiative. This is an important platform to share our work at UCLA on a defining issue of our times.”

Dean Suárez-Orozco will speak on “Education for the future of work” during an international symposium on “Dignity and the Future of Work,” presented by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Oct. 14-15, at the Casina Pio IV, Vatican City. He will also take part in an audience with Pope Francis during a conference on “Promoting Digital Child Dignity: From Concept to Action From 2017 to 2019,” presented by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Casina Pio IV, Vatican City, Nov. 14-15.

Suárez-Orozco was appointed by Pope Francis to the Executive Committee of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences (PASS) for a five-year term earlier this year. He was also appointed by The Holy Father as an Academician of the PASS in 2018.  Dean Suárez-Orozco has been tasked by the PASS to organize a seminar of international scholars who are working on education broadly defined to be held February 6-7, 2020 in the Vatican Gardens.

“The Holy Father Pope Francis will be gathering in Vatican City leading public servants such as presidents, prime ministers, representatives of international organizations including the United Nations and UNESCO, faith leaders, and leading scholars with the purpose of developing a universal declaration – what Pope Francis calls The Global Pact on Education,” says Dean Suárez-Orozco.

“International scholars whose basic research spans Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East have agreed to participate. I am happy that a number of UCLA GSE&IS colleagues will present their basic research which will inform the course of the development of The Global Pact on Education moving forward.”  

Dean Suárez-Orozco recently co-wrote an op-ed for The Hill on the need for climate change education in PreK-12 education with Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Climate Sciences and the Frieman Presidential Chair in Climate Sustainability at UC San Diego.

To read, “Climate change: Students, finally, are on fire,” in The Hill, visit this link.

For video of Dean Suárez-Orozco’s Harvard appearance, visit this link.