UCLA Principals Receive Erice Award

UCLA Lab School’s Georgia Lazo and UCLA Community School’s Leyda Garcia, recognized by the International School Mind, Brain and Education School.

Georgia Lazo, principal of UCLA Lab School and Leyda Garcia, principal of UCLA Community School, have been honored with the Erice Award from the International Mind, Brain and Education School in Erice, Italy. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco presented a certificate to Lazo on Jan. 30.

“UCLA is deeply gratified that the work of our School leaders is honored and recognized by this, the legendary International School in Erice, Italy,” says Suárez-Orozco.

Suárez-Orozco, Lazo, and Garcia (’07, Principal Leadership Institute), attended the International School on Mind, Brain and Education last October at the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, in Erice, Sicily. Garcia and Lazo, along with Carlina Rinaldi, head of Fondazione Reggio Children, were honored with the 2018 MBE Erice Prize for their innovative work as school leaders. Dean Suárez-Orozco directed this year’s course on “Migrants and Refugees in the 21st Century: Children in and Out of Schools.” Garcia, Lazo, and Suárez-Orozco joined the MBE Class of 2018, which includes 140 Nobel Laureates.