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New Project: The Cambio Center is pleased to launch the Latino Agricultural Entrepreneurship Project, funded by the USDA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Led by faculty from the University of Missouri (Stephen Jeanetta and Corinne Valdivia), Michigan State University, and Iowa State University, it is designed to explore the needs of Latino farmers, understand their unique livelihood strategies, and better prepare agencies to work with Latino farmers. See the project site.

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2017 Cambio de Colores Conference: The 2017 conference will be in St. Louis! Contact to join the planning committee.

2016 Conference Success: Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity

Thank you to everyone involved in the 2016 conference! With 170 registered participants from 18 states, the conference included 62 presentations in 25 breakout sessions, four plenary sessions, three interactive theme activities, and 14 posters.

2015 Proceedings Published: The proceedings book of the 2015 conference is now available! With seven selected papers and all the abstracts from the conference, this book is a spectacular resource.

2015 ProceedingsThe Cambio Center's digital library can be searched in MOSpace.

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2016 Conference Program: Cambio de Colores Conference draft program and Program-at-a-Glance is available.

See the titles of plenary speakers and breakout sessions here.

The Cambio de Colores conference website has all the details of the conference.

Translation Fees Updated: The Language Services Program has updated its translation fee schedule.

Afro Cuban Artists ConferenceAfro-Cuban Artists Conference: Fellow Juanamaria Cordones-Cook is project director of the upcoming Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance conference, April 27-30, 2016.

Register today for this fantastic opportunity!

Dual Language Education eBrief Published: Read Cambio Center eBrief: What is Dual Language Education? by Dr. Lisa M. Dorner in ELPA.Dorner ebrief

Welcome to New Cambio Center Fellows: The Spring 2016 semester, we welcome new fellows:
Sujin Kim
(Postdoctoral Fellow in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis); Gerardo Martinez (Director of Alianzas); Mattie Hill (Masters student in Agricultural and Applied Economics); Andrea Tappmeyer (Doctoral student in Sustainable Development); and Lina Trigos Carrillo (Doctoral student in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum). See our full list of Fellows and some of their updates at Fellows News.

Domingo MartinezDomingo Martinez Retires: Domingo has retired after almost 25 years at the University of Missouri. Domingo served as the director of the Cambio Center from its founding in 2004 through January 2015. He has been involved in the Cambio de Colores conference since its inception, and directed it for several years. A reception to honor and thank Domingo will be held February 11 at 3:30pm.

Latino Farmers and Ranchers: Alianzas's December newsletter features Cambio fellow Eleazar Gonzalez!

Welcome to New Cambio Center Fellows: The Fall 2015 semester, we have had the pleasure and fortune to welcome several new fellows and student fellows to the Cambio Center. New faculty fellows include Roxana Botezatu (Communication Science and Disorders), Jamille Palacios Rivera (Agricultural and Applied Economics), and Daisy Collins (Reading, Foundations and Technology at MSU). New student fellows include Aaron Arredondo (Sociology), Michael Hendricks (Political Science), Van Nguyen (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis), and Erin Smith (Math Education). See all of our fellows here.

2016 Call for Presentations: The Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference planning committee has released the Call for Presentations for the 2016 conference. Share your knowledge and experiences today!

Solidarity Statement: The Cambio Center has released a solidarity statement in support of students' efforts to address racism and other forms of oppression. Our next brown bag lunch (11/18/2015 at 11:30a in the Cambio Center) will focus on drawing lessons from our research to support improving our campus.

Change in Missouri: happy main Illumination magazine explores change in Milan, Missouri, and the Cambio Center's contributions.

The nation’s metropolitan areas have long traditions of receiving immigrants, but it’s a new experience for Milan and other rural Midwestern towns, says MU’s Stephen Jeanetta, associate extension professor in rural sociology. Jeanetta ticks off a laundry list of challenges...

2015 Conference Success: Shaping the Future: Leadership for Inclusive Communities

The 2015 conference was an exciting gathering of practitioners, researchers, educators, community members, students, and other professionals from across the Midwest and the United States.This energetic annual meeting of people working on immigrant integration continues to grow and foster new ideas through the exchanges of research and best practices across many fields.

Focus on Our Research: The Integration Project was featured in the Julian Samora Research Institute's Spring 2015 version of Nexo. The article, "Latino and Latina Immigrants in Rural Communities of the Midwest: The Role of Cultural Identity in Wellbeing and Job Satisfaction", starts on page 18, and was written by Corinne Valdivia, Lisa Flores, Stephen Jeanetta, and Domingo Martinez.

Completion of Integration Research Project: In early 2015, the Immigrant Integration & Sustainable Rural Development: Linking Receiving and Newcomer Communities project completed a survey of 240+ households that marked end of the four-year mixed methods research project in three rural Missouri communities. See some of the project's publications.

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