January 20 public talk to focus on education and 'Age of Mass Migration'

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jennifer Parks, (808) 956-0416
Communications Coordinator, College of Education
Posted: Jan 13, 2016

Dr. Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco
Dr. Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco

As part of the 2016 Carl and Alice Daeufer Education Lecture Series, the UH Mānoa College of Education presents Dr. Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco's public talk, "Education in the Age of Mass Migration," from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, in the Architecture Auditorium.

Dr. Suárez-Orozco is the Wasserman Dean of Graduate School of Education and Information Science at UCLA. A prolific researcher and expert in immigrant education, migration and multilingualism, he is the author and/or editor of 26 books and volumes, including Learning a New Land and Making Migration Work.  

Suárez-Orozco is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has consulted for the Holy See, President of Mexico, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and International Criminal Court on migration issues. 

"In the 21st Century, global migratory flows bring ever-more diverse populations from heterogeneous ethnocultural, racial and religious backgrounds," he said. "The world is witnessing a rapid rise in the numbers of a plurality of migrants — involuntary, internal or international, authorized or unauthorized, environmental refugees and asylum seekers. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, 244 million folk are international migrants, or 3.3 percent of the world’s population.

"In a world on the move, Hawaiʻi is an extremely important and instructive case for any understanding of the great global migrations in the 21st Century. At over 17%, the percentage of Hawaii's foreign-born immigrant population is significantly higher than the U.S. total (13%). Our country's paradigmatic first (and only always) 'minority-majority' state, Hawaii's immigrant population grew at a particularly fast rate in recent times (between 1990 and 2000 Hawaii's immigrant population grew by 30%).  How Hawaiʻi manages the transition of its littlest new Hawaiians, the children of immigrants in schools, will be a defining new chapter in the unfolding Hawaiian saga. It has significant implications for the well-being of the children, for Hawaiʻi’s future, and could be a model for the entire nation."

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