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Save the Date! The 2020 Cambio de Colores Conference: We are happy to announce that the date is set for the 19th Annual Cambio de Colores Conference. Next year's conference will be June 17-19 at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Click here to join the Cambio de Colores Conference mailing list to receive updates.

Summer Cafecito and Coursework: Looking for a place to study for your comps, write your dissertation, or study for a course? Contact us to schedule a summer study group! We will have some cafecito to keep you awake and comfortable chairs to work! Email us at

2018 Conference Proceedings: The Proceedings are now available! Click here to view them online.

Cambio de Colores Conference:The 2019 Conference "Welcoming Immigrants and Newcomers in Turbulent Times: Knowledge, Connections and Action" was held June 5-7 in Columbia, Missouri. We had researchers, practitioners, and students from all over the US come to share their work. Videos of the four plenary sessions will be posted soon!

Policy Brief "The Implications of In-State Resident Tuition Policies on Immigrant Health in the U.S.": Cambio Center board member and fellows Stephanie Potochnick and Olivia Piontek, Masters student at the Truman School of Public Affairs share this policy brief. Click here to read.

Welcome Verónica! The Cambio Center is happy to welcome Verónica Pérez-Picasso as the new coordinator of the center. Verónica brings an excellent skill set and a wealth of experience to the Cambio Center. Most recently, she has been teaching Spanish here at Mizzou while completing her doctoral level coursework. Prior to joining MU, she has worked in non-profit fields in the arts and health sector in Texas, as well as secondary and university level education and as a language teacher and translator in the US and Mexico. As an ABD, she is researching the role of motherhood in Mexican film and literature for her dissertation. She started Jan. 14, 2019.

October 2018: After 5+ years with the Cambio Center, our coordinator Lindsey Saunders moved on. The position was available for applications through November 7.

Cambio eBriefs are short introductions to our fellows' research topics for a general audience. They seek to connect our communities to the research findings and initiatives of university researchers and their colleagues.

ebrief 18 cover Examining Storylines of Emergent Bilinguals in Algebra Textbooks
by Zandra de Araujo, Erin Smith, and Amy Dwiggins - digital version and print version
Developing Inclusive Multilingual Family Literacy Projects
by Lisa M. Dorner, Edwin Bonney, Lina Trigos-Carrillo, Kim Song, and Sujin Kim - digital version
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See other eBriefs and Cambio publications.

Save the Date: The 2019 Cambio Conference will be held June 5-7, 2019 at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, Missouri.

Scientific Evidence: The Society for Research in Child Development released "The Science is Clear: Separating Families has Long-Term Damaging Psychological & Health Consequences...". Thanks to the invited experts, including MU's Dr. Gustavo Carlo, for this summary of scientific evidence.

Changing Communities: In the U.S. today, one in four (24%) young people under 18 years old, are Hispanic/Latino. Also, one in four (24%) young people aged 0-17 are either immigrants or have at least one parent who is an immigrant. Learn more about America's youth:

Youth demographics

2018 Cambio Conference was held June 6-8, 2018, in Kansas City. See the program. The conference featured four plenary sessions, four breakout sessions, a poster session and competition, plus site visits. Over 160 people registered and engaged in dialogue on supporting integration of newcomers.

cover 20172017 Conference Proceedings

(Published June 2018)
Cambio de Colores: Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference: June 14-16, 2017, St. Louis, Missouri

Download full 2017 Proceedings book, free of charge 


Research Brief: "Reversing Welfare Reform? Examining the effects of policy changes on Mexican immigrant families", by Dr. Stephanie Potochnick
How has the 2002 Farm Bill influenced food insecurity rates and food stamp participation among low-income Mexican immigrant families? Read full brief out of the Institute for Public Policy.

October 2017 - See the semester calendar of events about immigrants and immigration policy.

September 2017
DACA Panel on Monday, September 18, 2017

MU Statement on DACA: "... we request a fair and compassionate solution to support the young people who have been placed in desperate situations through no fault of their own. More than 35 DACA students attend the University of Missouri System campuses, and they are charged the same tuition that applies to international students, as per state law. We will work closely with our DACA students to provide support and guidance during this period of uncertainty.”

See resources list provided by MU Voz Latina.

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