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Third Annual Research Colloquium

Third Annual Research Colloquium

Michael D. Eisner College of Education

October 29, 2014

Dr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Dean and Distinguished Professor,

UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Marcelo Suarez speaking

 On October 29, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education (MDECOE) hosted Dean and Distinguished Professor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, as the Third Annual Research Colloquium Speaker of the MDECOE. His talk, titled: Rethinking Education in the Age of Vertigo: Further thoughts on Globalization, Immigration, and Inequality, focused on critical issues facing the education of students from immigrant families, and the implications of these issues for Los Angeles in particular, and global society in general. The role of immigration worldwide is increasing, and Los Angeles leads the way: the region is the top destination for emigrants from over 100 countries. Because family members of immigrant populations are distributed all over the world, Dean Suárez-Orozco stated that we, in Los Angeles, are educating the children of the world. The 21st Century is the century of immigrants, with nearly all growth in the child population, and 60% of growth of the Latino child population. Of these, 20% are unauthorized immigrants. Dean Suárez-Orozco is leading a national research study, the UndocuScholars Project ( which examines the experiences of the range of diverse, undocumented, college students.

The Colloquium had a very strong attendance, filling the University Student Union Northridge Center. Dean Suárez-Orozco’s talk was followed by a lively Q & A session, and concluded with a “Meet the Speaker” reception.

At UCLA, Dean Suárez-Orozco leads two academic departments, 15 nationally renowned research institutes, and two innovative demonstration schools. Upon arriving at UCLA in 2012, he founded the Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education, which he co-directs with Dr. Carola Suárez-Orozco, and Dr. Robert Teranishi. Dr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, who was born in Buenos Aires, received his B.A. in psychology, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology, at UC Berkeley. From there, he has had a distinguished career with many honors, awards, noteworthy accomplishments, and positions. For more information about Dr. Suárez-Orozco, his publications, and his talk, please visit

The Annual Research Colloquium is a signature function of the Research Enhancement Initiative. It is organized and implemented by the Research Advisory Committee of the MDECOE, Dr. Adele E. Gottfried, Director of Research Enhancement. The purpose of the Colloquium is to bring renowned scholars to campus to present their current research and stimulate discussion about critical issues facing education today. The Colloquium connects CSUN faculty and students with researchers from across a wide array of institutions and domains pertinent to education. For more information about Research Enhancement in the MDECOE, please visit the following website: on which can also be found information about the prior research colloquia. The Third Annual Research Colloquium was co-sponsored by the Dean’s office of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, Dr. Michael Spagna, Dean, and the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership, Dr. Miguel Ceja, Director.