Marcelo Suarez-Orozco

The children of immigrants are the future—and how they adapt will direct the history of America.

Worldwide Expert on Globalization, Immigration and Education

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Marcelo Suarez-Orozco | Worldwide Expert on Globalization, Immigration and Education
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America has more immigrants than ever before, and debates over immigration are boiling over. Again. But how is this wave of immigrants vastly different from previous ones? Assured and reassuring, the incomparable Marcelo Suarez-Orozco pierces the rhetoric to show us why the successful integration of immigrants is key to a prosperous future. 

We are in the midst of the largest migratory wave in human history. What is the impact of globalization and immigration on businesses around the world? How do we educate newly arrived immigrant children? These are some of the major questions that Marcelo Suarez-Orozco addresses. A distinguished voice on immigration, globalization and education (separately and in relation to each other), he is the co-founder of the Harvard Immigration Projects, and has lectured around the world, including at the UN and the Vatican.


Suarez-Orozco is currently the Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. He is the former Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, at New York University. He has also been appointed Special Advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Suarez-Orozco’s latest book, a re-release of Latinos: Remaking America, is a comprehensive study of the fastest-growing ethnic group in America; by mid-century Latinos will comprise a quarter of the country’s population. Suarez-Orozco’s Learning in a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society—based on a five-year study of the lives, dreams, frustrations and ironies of hundreds of newly arrived children from the Caribbean, China, and Central America—recently won the prestigious Stone Award for 2008, for Best Book on Education. In Learning in the Global Era, a new anthology, he offers constructive approaches to educate a global generation of youth in a rapidly changing world.

A member of the National Academy of Education, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco has been a tenured professor at Harvard and a fellow at Stanford. His books, many of them co-authored, all of them path-breaking, include The New Immigration; Globalization: Culture and Education in the New Millennium; Latinos: Remaking America; Children of Immigration; and the award-winning Transformations: Immigration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents.   

Speech Topics

Globalization and Immigration

Synthesizing ideas from a broad range of disciplines, Suarez-Orozco examines how globalization and large-scale immigration are affecting youth, both in and out of schools. He shows us why, if they are to become informed citizens in the new millennium, we must help them develop new skills and sensibilities far ahead of what most education systems can now offer.

Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World The Ross School Model and Education for the Global Era

“The Ross School is an exemplary model of what is attainable for global education in the 21st Century.”—Oprah Winfrey

Over the last two decades, the influential Ross School has pioneered a systematic approach to education that is consciously tailored for our unprecedented new era of global interdependence. While other schooling systems are slow to adapt to shifting economic, technological, demographic, and cultural terrains, the Ross School maps out an exciting shift in educational thinking. In this talk, immigration and education expert Marcelo Suarez-Orozco examines the ethos and practices of the Ross School, showing us how their revolutionary ideas have changed public education for the better. The Ross model, which cultivates in students a truly global perspective, aligns with broader and vital trends in the arts, the humanities, and the sciences of today's fast-changing and interconnected world. 

U.S. Economy
What World Migration Means for Business

America now has more immigrants than ever before; the immigrant GDP is roughly one trillion dollars. With incomparable intelligence and historical data, Suarez-Orozco shows us why this wave of immigration is vastly different from previous ones, and what its profound implications are for every facet of American business.

Immigration and Education

In America today, one in five children is from an immigrant-headed home. How should these children be educated to become engaged citizens? Should they be encouraged to assimilate or to maintain their cultural traditions? With charm, with hard data, Suarez-Orozco explores these and other questions about the future of education in this country.