UCLA Community School and Lab School Leaders to Discuss Serving Immigrant Children

Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco and principals Leyda Garcia and Georgia Lazo to meet with head of Reggio Children and international scholars on the needs of immigrant-origin students.

UPDATED 10/10/18

Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Georgia Lazo, principal, UCLA Lab School, and Leyda Garcia, principal, UCLA Community School, will attend the International School on Mind, Brain and Education, Oct. 16-20, at the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, in Erice, Sicily. Dean Suárez-Orozco is the director of this year’s course on “Migrants and Refugees in the 21st Century: Children in and Out of Schools.”

Leyda Garcia is the principal of UCLA Community School and an alumna of UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute.

Garcia, Lazo, and Suárez-Orozco are among the featured speakers for the conference, which includes Carlina Rinaldi, head of Fondazione Reggio Children, Italy; Antonio Battro, Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican; and Francesca Borgovoni, OECD, France. Also representing UCLA are Carola Suárez-Orozco, UCLA professor of education and psychology; Verónica Boix-Mansilla, research director, Re-Imagining Migration and principal investigator for Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Adam Strom, director of Re-Imagining Migration.

“UCLA GSE&IS is at the forefront of addressing the humanitarian crisis of our times: how to best serve the needs of the world’s most vulnerable children – the children of immigrants and refugees,” says Dean Suárez-Orozco, who is an Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and co-founder of Re-Imagining Migration. “I am deeply honored to lead this initiative and to present at this major scientific gathering along with UCLA Lab School Principal Dr. Georgia Lazo, UCLA Community School Principal Leyda Garcia, and so many other scholars and practitioners endeavoring to confront the world crisis.”

UCLA alumna Georgia Lazo is the principal of UCLA Lab School, a research-based school on the Westwood campus. Courtesy of Georgia Lazo

“Our newcomer students have so much potential, so much to add to to our communities,” says Principal Garcia. “The Newcomer task force at the UCLA Community School has been instrumental in creating a supportive infrastructure for these students. I am very proud of our work.”

“GSE&IS is again connecting international scholars and practitioners in the spirit of reciprocal learning to impact policy decisions and practice,” notes Lazo. “Discussions from the MBE conference will provide insights on how to respond to the needs of immigrant children, which is of value to UCLA’s Teacher Education Program, Principal Leadership Program, UCLA Lab School and the various community schools and partnership schools of GSEIS.”

For a full program of the International School on Mind, Brain and Education, click here.