UCLA Education Leaders Join in Vatican Seminar on Education

Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco brought together world leaders, scholars to develop research framework for Pope Francis’ “Global Pact on Education.”

Updated 2/18/20

Four UCLA Education faculty members took part in an international seminar at the Vatican as part of an effort by Pope Francis to forge a new Global Pact on Education, February 6-7 at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, led the organization of the seminar.  The event brought together an international gathering of global leaders in education, faith, and policy to focus on basic research in education toward the universal declaration of what Pope Francis has termed, “The Global Pact on Education.” 

“The global response to Pope Francis’ call for help on the Global Pact on Education has been extraordinary,” said Suárez-Orozco. “The quality, relevance, and urgency of the presentations by four GSE&IS scholars at the Workshop filled me pride, gratitude and admiration for their dedication, brilliance and sense of purpose.”  

Renowned scholars from multiple disciplines – including  anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, demography, economics, the health sciences, psychology, whose basic research encompasses Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East contributed their state-of-the art research to this historic meeting. These include Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education; David E. Bloom, the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard; Jeffrey Sachs, University Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University; Professor Tami Katzir, Department of Learning Disabilities, University of Haifa; Carla Rinaldi, president of Reggio Children – Loris Malaguzzi Centre Foundation; Professor William Damon, director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence; Professor Maurice Crul, Department of Identities, Diversity and Inclusion, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and many others.

In addition to Dean Suárez-Orozco, UCLA Education was represented by Professors Louis Gomez, (“Improvement Science in Education”); John Rogers, director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access at UCLA (“Education and Citizenship”); Carola Suárez-Orozco, co-director of the Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education at UCLA (“Social Belonging and Education”); and Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners and Social Justice at UCLA (“Reading: Technology, its Promise and Perils”).

“From unchecked climate change, to growing inequality, immigration and the crisis of civility and belonging, education today is called to do more than ever before,” said Dean Suárez-Orozco. “We at GSE&IS hope this endeavor will bring focus to what is needed for a more equitable, ethical, and relevant public education systems in our ever more interconnected, miniaturized and fragile world.” 

To learn more about the “Global Pact on Education,” visit this link.

Above: Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco (fifth from left), led the organization of an international seminar on Pope Francis’ “Global Pact on Education,” Feb. 6-7 at the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican Gardens.

UCLA GSE&IS was also represented by UCLA Education Professors Carola Suárez-Orozco (left section, second row, fourth from center); Maryanne Wolf, Louis Gomez (right section, third row, third from center), and John Rogers (left section, fourth row, second from center).

Courtesy of Marcelo Suárez-Orozco