Marcelo Suárez-Orozco to Speak on Global Humanitarianism and Mass Migration at Vatican Meeting

Wasserman Dean to share findings from international workshop co-hosted with the Vatican's Pontifical Academies of Sciences at UCLA earlier this year.

Joining with leaders from across the globe, Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco will present findings on global humanitarianism and mass migration during a meeting on “Health of People and Planet: Our Responsibility,” to be held at the Vatican, Nov. 2-4. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.), and Sen. Kevin de León, President pro Tempore of the California Senate (D- Calif.), will be among the renowned renowned academics, government officials, theologians and Nobel laureates in attendance.

Suárez- Orozco is a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and co-directs the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA. His presentation will be based on findings from an interdisciplinary Workshop on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration that was co-hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and UCLA in January. The Workshop, which took place at the UCLA campus, brought together thought leaders in academia, medicine, philanthropy, politics and sociology to share research and solutions to the global refugee crisis.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this extraordinary opportunity to both represent UCLA and to present the findings of our PAS – UCLA GSE&IS research project on Humanism and Mass Migration at this extraordinary gathering at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences,” says Dean Suárez-Orozco. “The health of peoples and the health of the planet are deeply threatened by the catastrophic migrations of the 21st Century. Forced displacement is increasingly linked to unchecked climate change, war and terror, and uncontrolled criminality placing millions of human beings — including unprecedented numbers of children and youth, at grave risk.

“These forced migrations are an existential threat of our times. In this work we endeavor to examine the catastrophic migrations of the 21st Century and to offer a blue print for humanitarian responses with a sharp focus on education, health and mental health, as well as legal protections for human beings on the move.”

A forthcoming book on the findings of the International Workshop on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration, titled “Catastrophic Migrations of the 21st Century,” will be published by the University of California Press in 2018.


Above: Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco and UCLA co-hosted an International Workshop on Workshop on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at UCLA last January.

Photo by Todd Cheney, UCLA