A native of Buenos Aires, the Wasserman Dean at UCLA Ed & IS is a leading scholar on migration, globalization, and education.
Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, has been named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corporation as part of a selected group of naturalized citizens who have made notable contributions to the progress of American society.
Launched in 2006, the Great Immigrants Initiative has honored more than 500 exemplary naturalized U.S. citizens. For 2018, the honorees represent 30 different countries of origin, a range of personal immigration experiences, and high-level leadership in numerous fields, all of them united through their experience of becoming Americans.
Past honorees include chef and humanitarian José Andrés, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Johns Hopkins University president Ron Daniels, designer Diane von Furstenberg, numerous Nobel Prize winners, entrepreneurs, judges, politicians, entertainers, and athletes.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to join this extraordinary roster of immigrant Americans. At a time when immigrants are dehumanized and scapegoated for all kinds of chagrins, all citizens of good will would do well to reflect on how ‘Great Americans’ then and now, have shaped and re-shaped American culture and society,” said Suárez-Orozco, who leads the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. “Today, we have better science, better literature, better music, better cuisine, better theater, better film, and so much more thanks to the last 150 years of immigration.”
Suárez-Orozco, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, heads the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, where he leads two academic departments, 16 nationally renowned research institutes, a ground-breaking teacher preparation program and two innovative community schools. His research focuses on cultural psychology and psychological anthropology, with an emphasis on mass migration, globalization, and education. Upon arriving at UCLA in 2012, he founded the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education, which he co-directs with Carola Suárez-Orozco and Robert Teranishi, UCLA Ed & IS professors of education. He is also co-founder of Re-Imagining Migration, a project that studies the lives of migrant children and youth and their multiple identities throughout their emotional, academic, and civic growth.
Suárez-Orozco arrived in the United States at 17 from Buenos Aires, and attended a community college before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed his undergraduate degree and obtained his Ph.D.
In 2004, Dean Suárez-Orozco was elected to the National Academy of Education, and in 2006, was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle Mexico’s highest honor to a foreign national. He has served as special advisor for education, peace, and justice to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and authored briefs for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis’ main scientific advisory board.
In 2014, Suárez-Orozco was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and appointed as the inaugural Wasserman Dean of Education & Information Studies. Earlier this year, Pope Francis appointed Suárez-Orozco as an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York is the nation’s oldest grantmaking foundation and was established in 1911 by Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie.